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23 May 2013


Exhibition organized with the special collaboration of the Musée D’Orsay in Paris

Manet. Return to Venice is the name of the exhibition the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia will host from 24th April to 18th August 2013 in the monumental rooms of the Doge’s Palace, planned with the special collaboration of the Musée D’Orsay in Paris and co-produced with 24Ore Cultura Gruppo 24 Ore – under the patronage of the Regione del Veneto and Soprintendenza ai Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e Laguna. It will explore these ties and this passion through an extraordinary nucleus of the artist’s works, enabling a series of direct comparisons never before possible, and finally shedding some light on the close tie Manet had with Italy and Venice.

In particular, it will be exciting to see Manet’s overwhelming Olympia (1867) – a picture which is leaving France for the first time – next to the sublime Venus of Urbino by Titian (1538), exceptionally loaned by the Uffizi Gallery: this was the picture Manet admired in Florence and which gave him the inspiration for his brazen femme de plaisir. The exhibition will offer a “historic” comparison between two different examples of “modernity”, between two universal art icons; one made possible thanks to the involvement of the Mayor of Venice and the shared aims of the Italian and French Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Culture ticket euro 13

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