In spring 1998, the Institut Néerlandais in Paris presented a prestigious selection of Flemish and Dutch paintings from the Musée Fabre.
Organized in collaboration with Fondation Custodia, the exhibition was the latest in a series highlighting the rich collections of Flemish and Dutch art in French provincial museums. Previous shows, in 1987 and 1991, presented works from the city museums of Quimper and Lyons.
This long-awaited exhibition highlights one of the Musée Fabre's finest groups of works. A total of 73 paintings have been restored for the occasion. The exhibition recreates the museum's original hanging, reflecting the spirit and style of the paintings' collectors and donors: Fabre himself, and Valedeau.
To coincide with the exhibition, the Fondation Custodia has supported the publication of an important new Catalogue Raisonné of the Musée Fabre's entire collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings. The exhibition includes masterpieces from the Paris show, together with other, little-known or previously unseen works from the Musée Fabre's collection.
Through its contacts and collaboration with other French institutions, the Musée Fabre has also secured a number of important loans for the exhibition, complementing and extending the scope of its collection.