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Amb. Thiebaud Reveals Plan for 2007 Events
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For starters "Orsay Museum" exhibition will kick off at Seoul Arts Center's Hangaram Design Museum on April 21, 2007 for five-month run. About 40 mostly well-known Impressionists' works of arts will visit Seoul for the exhibition "De Millet a Bonnard: Exposition du Musee d'Orsay."Among the masterpieces were Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)'s "Vincent's Bedroom in Arles," Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875)'s "The Angelus," Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)'s "Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ," and works of art by Edouard Manet (1832-1883)."Orsay Museum" is one of the three major museums of arts in France along with Louvre Museum and Pompidou Center.The exhibition of "Claude Monet" will be held at Seoul Museum of Art in Seosomun-dong, central Seoul between June 6 and Sept. 23, 2007. Nearly 70 works of art of Monet, which are in Europe and Japan, will come to Seoul for the exhibition. Claude Monet (1840-1926) was the founder of French Impressionist painting.On May 2, 2007, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Chung Myung-Whun will visit Seoul for a concert at Seoul Arts Center on the day. Chung, a renowned maestro born in South Korea, is musical director of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra.Also planned between April 27 and July 1, 2007 is internationally acclaimed French sculptor Bernar Venet's Exhibition at National Museum of Contemporary Art in a small city of Gwacheon, just south of Seoul.Also scheduled is the French modern dance by Josef Nadj, Yugoslavia-born French artist. His performance "Poussiere de soleils" will take place at Arko Art Center in Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu on June 1-2, 2007. Nadj will attend 26th International Modern Dance Festival (MODAFE) to be held in Seoul in late May.As a gesture of respect for cultural diversity French government decided to support modern dance groups of Africa, according to Amb. Thiebaud. A joint team of French and African dancers will take part in the 10th SIDance (Seoul International Dance Festival) in October this year. SIDance Festival is led by Mr. Lee Jong-Ho, its founder and artistic director.The French envoy said the highlight of 2007 events will be the performance by the Lyon National Opera Ballet. It will perform Maguy Marin's highly original and magical version of the "Cinderella" story. The performance is part of the yearly French cultural festival scheduled between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15, 2007 at Seoul Arts Center.During the festival "France Express" such French cultural events as fireworks opening, dance performances, music concerts, visual arts, new circus and outdoor performances will be presented as a showcase of France's supreme artistic heritage.Orchestre National de Paris will also come to Seoul for performance at Seoul Arts Center on Nov. 12, 2007 under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, its general director.
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