Putting the ten most sought after French masterpieces of the Museum of Fine Arts (for example paintings by Monet, Boudin, Gauguin, Bonnard, Denis) up for loan to other museums provided us with the opportunity to substitute pictures that were removed from the permanent exhibition with works that in the past had received an undeservedly lesser role. The 19th-century art exhibtion is to be rearranged between 17-25 June, 2014, and cannot be visited. The masterpieces are to be showcased again from 1 pm, 26 June.
The Department of Art after1800 houses paintings and sculptures – altogether some 1000 – which were produced after 1800. The 19th-century French collection, with its scope reaching from Romantism to Post-Impressionism, includes paintings by Delacroix, Corot, Courbet, Manet, Monet, Cézanne and Gauguin. Sculptures by Rodin and Maillol complete the picture of this period. Austrian Biedermeier is represented by Waldmüller’s, Amerling’s and Danhauser’s paintings. As for the German painting of the mid-19th century, one can get a taste from canvases by Leibl, Lenbach and Menzel, while Symbolism is evoked by Böcklin, Stuck and Khnopff, three important artists of this style. Paintings by Kokoschka, Slevogt, Utrillo, Severini and Chagall provide an image of the schools of the first half of the 20th century, whereas works by Albers, Vasarely, Anthony Caro and Abakanowicz allow an insight into the more recent tendencies. The photo and media collection founded at the end of 2010 and expanding continuously ever since is based on previously acquired photographs of artistic value. Of the 300 works of art the majority are photographs, but works by computer artists (e.g. Markku Metsämäki) and motion pictures (such as the works of Bruce Checefsky) can also be found. Among the most valuable pieces are the vintage prints of Aleksandr Rodchenko, the glass negatives documenting the construction of the Centrosoyuz designed by Le Corbusier and significant examples of the œuvre of Nathan Lerner. The collection also houses several important works by émigré Hungarian artists (such as Lucien Hervé, György Kepes, Endre Tót and Orsolya Drozdik).