Austrian concept convinces French gallery bosses

One of the most popular galleries in Europe is cooperating with Vienna’s Leopold Museum, it has emerged.

The Musee d’Orsay, located at the Seine in Paris, currently presents an exhibit called “Masculin / Masculin. L’homme nu dans l’art de 1800 à nos jours”. The concept is based on the Leopold Museum’s idea to organise an exhibition of nude portraits of men. “Nackte Männer. Von 1800 bis heute” (Nude Men. From 1800 to the present day) was on display around one year ago to wide critical acclaim. Residents of the Austrian capital city and tourists from all over the world visited the exhibit which featured around 300 paintings, photographs and sculptures.1

Now Musee d’Orsay officials opened their exhibition. The Parisian exhibit mainly consists of paintings owned by various French museums. However, the Austrian Leopold Collection provided several pieces of art created by Richard Gerstl, Kolo Moser and others.

With around 3.5 million visitors each year, the Musee d’Orsay (www.musee-orsay.fr) is one of the biggest and most important cultural institutions of France. Its collection of impressionist paintings appears to have an enormous force of attraction. Dozens of paintings by Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and many others are on display at the museum.

Meanwhile, a new exhibit at the Leopold Museum (www.leopoldmuseum.org) – which is situated at the Museumsquartier in Vienna-Neubau – focuses on the oeuvre of Oskar Kokoschka, a highly influential Austrian artist who passed away in 1980.

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