The American Art Museum in Giverny becomes the Musée des Impressionismes


Musée des Impressionnismes’ entrance
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18/2/09 – Museum – Giverny, Musée des Impressionismes – The American Art Museum in Giverny has closed its doors to make way for the Musée des Impressionismes. The Terra Foundation no longer wished to either manage or finance this establishment, preferring to devote itself to its role as a research center (a library devoted to American Art will soon open in Paris, rue des Pyramides) and helping museums with projects related to American Art. Let us remind our readers that the foundation owns an important art collection, part of which is on deposit at the Art Institute of Chicago [1].

It was out of the question that the modern cultural installations, highly functional and significant crowds, be abandoned. Several communities [2] thus decided to take over the institution and chose a project devoted to Impressionism, the plural meaning that all of the aspects of the movement, including its international manifestations and the influence exerted on later artists, would also be covered. The term museum is not entirely justified, as this is really (like before) an exhibition centre. Two partners have associated themselves in the project : the muse d’Orsay will be in charge of the museographical aspects, with Marina Ferretti, scientific director, joining the conservation team ; the Terra Foundation will maintain its close ties to the establishment. A continuity will be represented by Diego Candil who remains as the general director of the museum.

The first exhibition is scheduled to open on May 1st, a clever reference to Monet’s house nearby as it is entitled Le jardin de Monet à Giverny : l’invention d’un paysage. Then, starting on 23 August, there will be a retrospective on Joan Mitchell, an American artist who lived for a long time close to Giverny, in Vétheuil, and whose art was influenced by Claude Monet’s production in his last years. The curator, Sophie Lévy, formerly with the museum, today runs the Parisian satellite of the Terra Foundation, attesting once again to its close links with the new establishment.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 18 février 2009


Notes

[1] Readers can find the database for the Terra Foundation collection here.

[2] Funding is as follows : the Eure department (47.5%), the Haute-Normandie region (30%), the Seine-Maritime department (12.5%), the Communauté d’Agglomération des Portes de l’Eure (7%) and the city of Vernon (3%).



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