Claude Monet (1840-1926) is undoubtedly one of the greatest landscape artists in the history of painting. Along with his fellow impressionists, he began working outdoors in the late 1850s. From that point onwards, he selected landscapes in Normandy, London, the Riviera and other regions. When he chose a place, it was not to spend a few hours there producing a single artwork; he stayed for weeks, months, or years. In this way, his works explored all possible viewpoints, seasons, and variations. For nearly 70 years, his genius and perseverance ensured the images he composed became universally renowned. His landscapes captured the imperceptible differences constituting a landscape’s essence or spirit.
This cutting edge exhibition will feature fifteen of Monet’s most emblematic artworks conserved in French public and private collections. Through multimedia, the artist’s career will be presented alongside the context in which the work was produced. It includes excerpts from documentaries, clips of the artist working, and displays of preferred viewpoints.
Le French May presents an exclusive exhibition of original paintings by Claude Monet. Curated in association with the RMN (National Museum Union), the exhibition presents masterpieces of Monet at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 4 May to 11 July, 2016. Selections of paintings are taken from the most prestigious French National Museums, as well as private collections.
About our speaker:
Bruno Girveau first worked in the field of historical monuments as an inventory official in charge of documentary studies, before taking the curator exam in 1994 and entering the Ecole du Patrimone while also pursuing a DEA on the architect Paul Sédille (1836-1900), the designer of the Printemps store in Paris and an ardent defender of polychrome work, a subject on which Bruno Girveau has done extensive research.
Having successfully completed the competitive exam for Historical Monuments and Museums, he selected the latter and joined the Musée d’Orsay in 1996 at the Département des Dessins d’Architecture. During his time there, he curated several exhibitions, notably ‘Gothic Revival, Architecture et Arts Décoratifs de l’Angleterre Victorienne in 1999 and 2000 at the Grand Palais in Paris. His latest exhibition reflects his evolution in the subjects treated.‘A table au XIXe siècle’ studies both art history and sociology.
Following his accession to the RMN in 2002 where he became head of mission under the general administrator, he worked for two years alongside Guy Cogeval on the programming for the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. He was a curator of the exhibition, along with Mr. Cogeval, of “Il était une fois Walt Disney.” Finally, in 2006, he took over as head of the department of collections at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, while still organizing exhibitions, notably the 2010 retrospective on Charles Garnier.