Mr. Christophe Bigot, ambassadeur de France en Israel | Opening event
The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Opens 25th March 2010.
The exhibition presents, for the first time in Israel, Edgar Degas’ 74 sculptures in bronze. The bronzes were cast from previously unknown lifetime plasters made directly from Degas’ original waxes, with the artist’s knowledge and consent.
Christophe Bigot | Ambassador of France to Israel
Tel Aviv Museum of Art is hosting an exceptional exhibition: exceptional, first of all, since it is a presentation of the complete collection of bronze sculptures by the great French artist, Edgar Degas, assembled for a traveling exhibition throughout the world. It is no less exceptional due to the powerful emotions it evokes.
Horses, dancers, working women, everyday scenes are all worthy subjects of observation for this great Impressionist master; they are all potential vehicles with which to articulate his unique ability to capture movement and imprint it in matter. For us, the viewers, it is a golden opportunity to become closely acquainted with the dancers' strained exercises or the puffs of galloping horses.
This exhibition of Degas sculptures attests once again to Israel's deep connection with French artists.The Museum's permanent collection attests to it, and its temporary exhibitions are also a constant reminder of that bond.
Therefore, we would like to extend our gratitude to the Museum and its Director, Prof. Mordechai Omer, who has granted us yet another opportunity to celebrate France's long and precious cultural relationship with Israel. Artists, cultural institutions, collectors, and viewers alike will benefit from the exhibition. We are proud to contribute our part in offering this most pleasing of exhibits.
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