RE: MEXICO CITY ARTS

An arts-working FBvian notes that the Meadows Museum at SMU will feature a special exhibition–not of Mexican art–but of a first-rate private collection from Mexico, featuring 46 European superstars, this fall. Plan to drop by the campus.

From Cranach to Monet: Highlights of the Pérez Simón Collection; September 29-December 31, 2006

The Meadows Museum is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition of treasures from the distinguished private collection of the Pérez Simón family. The collection comprises more than 1,000 works of art, including painting, sculpture, drawing, decorative arts and manuscripts, and was assembled over the past 25 years by Josefina and Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, Spaniards who have made Mexico their home.

From Cranach to Monet is the first exhibition ever assembled of major paintings from this important private collection. Spanning the 14th through the 19th centuries, the 57 works chosen for display represent the highlights of the Simón holdings.

The exhibit will feature 46 different artists, including works by Cranach, Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Goya, Leighton, Corot, Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, among other major painters, and will provide a broad overview of the development of European painting from the Renaissance era to Impressionism, including fine examples of the Italian, German, Dutch, English, Flemish, Spanish and French schools. The show comes to the Meadows Museum directly from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.

An educational program, including several lecture series and workshops, is being planned to complement the exhibition. Two major illustrated publications also will accompany the show: a bilingual exhibition catalogue published by the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and a catalogue of the entire Simón collection that was published in Mexico City in 2003.

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