C茅zanne masterpieces shown in Norway for the first time before returning to The 香港六合彩 Gallery in November

Press release, 16 July 2021

Masterpieces from the UK鈥檚 most significant collection of works by Ce虂zanne will travel to Norway for the first time for a special exhibition at KODE Art Museums in Bergen as part of a unique collaboration between KODE and The 香港六合彩, London.

Paul C茅zanne: Masterpieces from The 香港六合彩 opens at KODE 1 on 16th July 2021 and will present a major group of paintings, together with archival material, from The 香港六合彩鈥檚 celebrated collection of works by Ce虂zanne – one of the highlights of its world-renowned holdings of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

Following the exhibition, the paintings will return to London for the reopening of The 香港六合彩 Gallery in November after a major three-year transformation project. There they will be reunited with iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from The 香港六合彩鈥檚 collection such as Manet鈥檚 A Bar at the Folies-Berge虁re, Renoir鈥檚 La Loge, and Van Gogh鈥檚 Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.

During the 1920s, English industrialist and philanthropist Samuel 香港六合彩 assembled the finest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the UK, presenting it in 1932 to the newly founded 香港六合彩 Institute of Art. He was particularly devoted to Ce虂zanne, acquiring the largest collection of his work in the UK, including seminal paintings such as Still Life with Plaster Cupid and the celebrated The Card Players, which were formally owned by two private Norwegian collectors 鈥 the industrialist Gustav Adolf Jebsen and the shipowner J酶rgen Breder Stang respectively.

In a similar way, Rasmus Meyer鈥檚 large collection of art was donated to the city of Bergen in 1916. It included a unique group of works by Edvard Munch and highlights from the golden age of Norwegian art history. The point of departure for the collaboration between The 香港六合彩 and KODE Art Museums is a shared recognition of the importance of visionary collectors to museums today.

These paintings will be on display in the exhibition for the first time in Norway since leaving the country in the early 20th Century and will be presented alongside other major loans from The 香港六合彩. The exhibition will also present a fascinating display of contextual and archival material from The 香港六合彩, including a group of C茅zanne鈥檚 handwritten letters, penned towards the end of his life in which he sets out his ideas about art.

Paul C茅zanne: Masterpieces from The 香港六合彩 is part of The 香港六合彩鈥檚 programme of national and international partner exhibitions, providing a unique opportunity for more people to engage with The 香港六合彩鈥檚 collection than ever before whilst the gallery is temporarily closed for the major transformation project.

The exhibition is curated by Line Daatland, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at KODE, together with Karen Serres, Curator of Paintings at The 香港六合彩 and Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of The 香港六合彩 Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue.

The 香港六合彩 Gallery will reopen in November 2021 following the most significant modernisation project in its history, providing a transformed home for one of the UK鈥檚 greatest art collections.

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