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For Immediate Release

March 01, 2011

Impressionisti: Capolavori della collezione Clark March 2 through June 19, 2011

Works to Travel from Milan to Leading Museums in Giverny and Barcelona in 2011,
Fort Worth, London, and Montreal in 2012,
Japan and China in 2013-2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Continuing its commitment to global outreach and cultural exchange, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute launched today at a press conference the first international tour of masterpieces from its collection of nineteenth-century European paintings with the exhibition Impressionisti: Capolavori della collezione Clark at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.  Speakers at today’s press conference included Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, cultural counselor for the city of Milan; Domenico Piraina, Director of the Palazzo Reale; Iole Siena, President of Arthemisia Group, srl; Michael Conforti, Director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; and Richard Rand, Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator and Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Open to the public from March 2 through June 19, the exhibition will include many of the greatest works from the Clark’s extraordinary holdings of French Impressionist and European paintings. The exhibition features 73 paintings, including works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, and Camille Pissarro, as well as by Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Paul Gauguin, Jean-François Millet, Alfred Sisley, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Jean-Léon Gérôme.

“We have looked to this opening day in Milan with great anticipation and are so pleased to share the Clark’s collection in a city that has such a rich heritage and a passionate appreciation for great art,” said Director Michael Conforti. “By sharing the best of the Clark’s famous nineteenth-century painting collection with these international institutions, we are issuing an invitation to the world to discover the treasures of the Clark’s collection.”   

Following the exhibition at the Palazzo Reale, the works will travel to the Musée des impressionnismes in Giverny, France, where they will be on view from July 13 through October 31; followed by an exhibition at CaixaForum in Barcelona, Spain, from November 18 through February 12, 2012.  Venues in 2012 will include the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, from March 4 to June 17, 2012; the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England, from July 7 to September 23, 2012; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada from October 8, 2012, to January 20, 2013. In 2013, the exhibition will move on to venues in Japan and China.

The timing of the international tour coincides with the Clark’s preparations to launch the next phase of its campus expansion program and presents an ideal opportunity to share these works with a worldwide audience.

A catalogue to accompany the exhibition, Great French Paintings from the Clark, will be published by Skira Rizzoli in spring 2011, with editions in at least five languages. The 240-page publication, available in hardcover, features 131 color illustrations accompanied by essays by James A. Ganz and Richard R. Brettell.

Tour Schedule
The tour schedule to date is

  • Impressionisti: Capolavori della Collezione Clark, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy, March 2-June 19, 2011
  • La Collection Clark à Giverny, de Manet à Renoir, Musée des impressionnismes, Giverny, France, July 13-October 31, 2011
  • Maestros franceses de la Colección Clark. De las escuela de Barbizon al impresionismo, CaixaForum Barcelona, Spain, November 18, 2011-February 12, 2012
  • The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, March 4-June 17, 2012
  • Great French Paintings from the Clark,  Royal Academy of Arts, London, July 7–September 23, 2012
  • A History of Impressionism. Great French Paintings from the Clark, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada, October 8, 2012–January 20, 2013
  • Japan and China venues to be announced

The Clark Collection
Sterling and Francine Clark acquired most of the paintings that form the basis of the Clark’s collection. From the 1910s until the 1950s, the Clarks assembled an outstanding collection of European and American paintings, sculpture, and drawings, as well as British silver and European porcelain. The Clark is best known for its collection of French Impressionist paintings, including more than 30 works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, which take their place within a wider ensemble of masterworks that date from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. Although the collection has expanded greatly since the opening of the Clark in 1955, including a growing collection of early photography, its scope and character continues to represent the taste and interests of the founders. 

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship, and its research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Its 140-acre campus in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts includes Stone Hill Center, designed by Tadao Ando and opened in 2008, which houses galleries, meeting and classroom facilities, and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. The Clark, together with Williams College, America’s foremost liberal arts college, sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. 

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.


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