777,551 visitors in Tokyo and 430,764 in San Francisco – the Musée d’Orsay’s international exhibitions are a huge success
The Musée d’Orsay is delighted with the record number of visitors to these two major international exhibitions in Tokyo and San Francisco.
16 August was the last day for the exhibition Beyond Impressionism. Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, presented at the National Art Centre of Tokyo, and supported by the Nikkei group. With 777,551 visitors in only 12 weeks, this event has attracted the highest audience figures ever for a Japanese museum.
The Birth of Impressionism exhibition at the De Young Museum in San Francisco from 22 May to 6 September received 430,764 visitors.
These figures are in addition to the 476,000 visitors to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and the 330,000 visitors to the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid.
The Musée d’Orsay has organised these two travelling exhibitions while renovation work is carried out on the Impressionist gallery on the 5th floor of the Pavillon Amont. The works are due to finish in Autumn 2011.
For the next stages, these exhibitions will return to the De Young Museum in San Francisco with Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay to run from 25 September, 2010 until 18 January 2011, and to the Frist Center in Nashville which will present The Birth of Impressionism from 14 October 2010 to 23