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National Gallery of Scotland Director to Speak at Clark

For Immediate Release

September 17, 2004

One of the world's great museum collections will be highlighted in a free public lecture at the Clark on Sunday, September 26, at 2 p.m. Michael Clarke, director of the National Gallery of Scotland, will give the talk "Improving an Old Master: The National Gallery of Scotland." Clarke will introduce listeners to highlights of the National Gallery collections and its expansion project. Admission to the lecture is free.

The lecture is the first in a series of public talks focusing on great collections of the world and other themes of "Art in the World." The public lectures are introductory, general interest talks.

Clarke has been director of the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh since 2000, and was keeper at the National Gallery since 1987. He directed and oversaw the recently completed $50 million Playfair Project, which involved the restoration of the neighboring Royal Scottish Academy building and constructing an underground link to the National Gallery. Clarke has organized exhibitions including Lighting up the Landscape: French Impressionism and Its Origins and Monet, the Seine, and the Sea. His numerous publications include Corot and the Art of Landscape. Clarke is in residence at the Clark this fall as Clark Fellow.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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