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2000-01-29 until 2000-04-30
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA United States of America

The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale will begin the new century with the only exhibition of work by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and four generations of his heirs to be seen in the United States. Organized by the Museum of Art, Impressionism to the Present: Camille Pissarro and His Descendants will open at the Museum on January 29, 2000 and run through April 30, 2000. The exhibition is part of the two-year Immerse Yourself in Celebration millennium campaign organized by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor's Bureau and area arts and entertainment organizations.

The Pissarro exhibition will feature 156 works including significant pieces by Camille Pissarro, known as the Father of Impressionism, and works created by his sons, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Museum visitors will have a rare opportunity to view and understand more completely the enduring Impressionist tradition, as revealed in the diversity of talents and styles of the Pissarro family.

In 1998, the Japanese Association of Art Museums organized a six-month touring exhibition, Camille Pissarro and The Pissarro Family, planned and curated by Pissarro family specialist David S. Stern and Impressionist and 20th century art consultant Talma Zakai-Kanner. The five-city tour was an enormous success, attracting approximately 400,000 visitors. The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale has enlisted the assistance and expertise of Stern and Zakai-Kanner to create a North American venue for a variation of that Pissarro exhibition. Building on their experiences in Japan, the two curators have increased the scope and reach of their original concept. For the Fort Lauderdale installation and catalogue, a strong focus will be placed on the work of Lucien Pissarro, particularly on his early Pointillist and Post-Impressionist work.

This exhibition is a major collaborative effort, involving loans from museums around the world and from private collectors. Participants include the Musée d'Orsay, Musée des Beaux-Arts (Reims and Valenciennes), the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University, Tate Gallery, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Seattle Museum of Art, Flint Institute of Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is an extraordinary honor to host an international exhibition of this caliber here in South Florida. It signifies a new future for the Museum as we embark on our mission to appeal to a range of audiences hungry to experience art that at one time they could see outside South Florida only said Kathleen Harleman, Director and CEO of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. She added that future millennium celebration exhibitions include the work of Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning: In Process (March26-July 10, 2000) and Palace of Gold and Light:Treasures from the Topkapi, Istanbul (October 15, 2000-February 28, 2001.)

A fully illustrated color catalogue will accompany the exhibition. It will feature an introduction by Camille Pissarro scholar Christopher Lloyd (Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures,) an essay by Independent Scholar and International Museum Consultant Richard R.Brettell, and an additional essay by leading Lucien Pissarro expert Anne Thorold addressing the special working relationship that existed between Camille and his son Lucien.

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