Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Once in a Lifetime Visit with Monet, Picasso and More

ARA – This summer, there is only one place to be to see works from the likes of Renoir, Degas, Monet, van Gogh, Dali, Picasso and Matisse. Don’t book an airline ticket to Europe, this acclaimed exhibition will take place at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

“Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland Museum of Art” features works by the leading artists of the European modernist movements dating from 1864 to 1964. More than 70 paintings, drawings and sculptures by the luminaries of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Dadaism, Cubism and Surrealism are gathered together in a single place.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is one of only four North American venues chosen to host the marquee international touring exhibition. Art enthusiasts should plan now to attend between June 23 and September 21, 2008.

The exhibition was most recently featured in Vancouver, where over 200,000 patrons viewed these master works. Prior to that, more than a half million visitors attended shows in Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul.

“The works of art that comprise the exhibition are by some of the world’s most loved artists and together, they tell the fascinating story of the development of European modernism from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century,” says Gretchen Dietrich, director of public programs and curatorial affairs for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. “We are proud to be hosting an exhibition of this caliber and confident that all those to come to see the exhibition and participate in the public programming we’ve organized to compliment it, will have a memorable and thrilling experience.”

The show features a total of 74 masterful works of art including seven works by Pablo Picasso, seven sculptures by Auguste Rodin, five works by Claude Monet and two Vincent van Gogh masterpieces.

Visitors will enjoy such recognizable pieces as Monet’s soft and expansive “Wheat Field”, Gauguin’s seductive “In the Waves” and Picasso’s dark and complex “Harlequin with Violin”.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, engages visitors in discovering meaningful connections with the artistic expressions of the world’s cultures. The museum also serves as a teaching, learning and research resource for the University.

While the museum expects hundreds of visitors from across the United States to see the likes of Gauguin and Miro, Dietrich also recommends those unfamiliar with the area take in the sights around Salt Lake City. Any time a traveler chooses to visit during the run of the exhibition is the perfect time to take advantage of Utah’s summer and fall weather for hiking, golfing and exploring the area’s national parks.

For more information on the “Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland Museum of Art” exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, please visit

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