A hundred thousand visitors at the Cézanne-exhibition

5 January 2013.

The hundred thousandth visitor at the Cézanne-exhibition was received Saturday morning at the Szépművészeti Múzeum. Tibor Tóth from Szombathely came with his family to see the show. The lucky visitor became a member of the Friends of the Museum, thanks to which among other bonuses he can visit the exhibitions of the Szépművészeti Múzeum and the Magyar Nemzeti Galéria free for a year. Besides this, thanks to the Paris Budapest Restaurant the winner will take part in a dinner for two, at which a menu of French delicacies prepared by chef Jeremy Cayron will be served.

Cézanne and the Past, on view until February 17, is not only a success in Hungary but has been acknowledged abroad too. It has received – among others - from The Wall Street Journal, Art Daily, El Pais and Neue Zürcher Zeitung positive reviews that emphasize the exceptionality of the concept, the great number of masterpieces on display, and praise the organizational work necessary Besides the appraising critique advertisement campaigns in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna and London also contributed to the fact that over a third of the visitors came from abroad.

The show exhibiting almost a hundred works by the French Post-impressionist artist wishes to present an overview of the painter’s relationship towards old masters and, connected to this, his role in the rebirth of classical fine art. Over forty works are also on display by artists (among others Luca Signorelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Poussin, Chardin, Goya, Delacroix and Courbet) who had a significant impact on Cézanne’s art.

Over forty institutions from all over the world – from The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra - loaned works of art to the show in Budapest, organized by art historian and curator Judit Geskó with a unique approach to Cézanne’s oeuvre. Among the museums also featured are the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée du Louvre of Paris, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the National Gallery of London, the British Museum, the Tate Modern, Uffizi of Florence, the Albertina in Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art of Washington, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and several significant private collections (Basel, London, Zurich, Frankfurt and Rio de Janeiro).

The exhibition was realized with the exclusive corporate sponsorship of the Hungarian affiliates of the ING group within a framework of a long-term financial support of HUF 120 million.