Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Instead of giving a fish

When Katrina flooded New Orleans, it damaged the city and reduced the flow of tourists eager to see the southern capital of art and music. New Orleans image as a major tourist destination in the United States was scratched. Many helped reconstruction process by donating money and equipment. But French government decided to help New Orleans with fishing instead of giving a fish. The result has been Femme, femme, femme Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France.

The idea occurred to the French Minister of Culture and Communication during his visit to New Orleans and New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) two months after Katrina. French delegation decided to organize an art exhibition in NOMA to stimulate the art activities in New Orleans and to attract visitors. Femme, femme, femme includes some hundred-twenty paintings from the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and other museums throughout France. The focus of paintings is women. The paintings study their roles in society, their presence in family circle and the evolution of their roles in French society during 19th and 20th centuries. It has never been such an exhibition from such a diverse group of artists.

To make sure that New Orleans would benefit from Femme, femme, femme and to encourage people to visit NOMA, this exhibition is presented only in New Orleans and after June 3rd the paintings will return to France. Sometimes it is good to be a monopoly, especially a monopoly of Manet, Picasso and so many other glorious names.

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