Spain: Madrid, Bilbao.
Today's cultural institutions are constantly looking for new ways to open their collections to the widest possible public, to innovate and reflect new movements, to engage in constantly-changing, living dialogues.
In this spirit, Juan Luna, curator-in-chief at the Prado in Madrid, has chosen to take advantage of the Musée Fabre's period of closure to highlight the museum's rich collections of European paintings, with a selection of its finest works representing the various European schools: Italy with Veronese's Mystic Marriage of St Catherine , Domenichino, Cigoli, Bernini, and Piazzetta… Spain, with Ribera's St Mary of Egypt and two moving works by Zurbaran, The Angel Gabriel and St Agatha . The northern European schools are represented by Steen, Dou, Teniers, Rubens and Metsu, and the French school by Poussin, Aved, Greuze, Ranc, Delacroix, Courbet, and Bazille. The exhibition's curators pay a special tribute to François-Xavier Fabre, the Montpellier-born Neoclassical painter and pupil of David who founded the museum in 1828. the exhibition also aims to highlight the rich variety of the Musée Fabre's collections with a small group of exceptional sculptures, including Houdon's Seated Figure of Voltaire, and Canova's Muse . A group of ten drawings also testifies to the museum's remarkable collection of graphic works: Raphael, Le Sueur, Bourdon, Le Brun, Tiepolo, Fabre, Géricault etc – one of the finest provincial collections in France, together with those of Lille, Dijon and Rouen.