The Clark is committed to global outreach through cultural exchange, educational programs, and exhibitions in Williamstown and throughout the world. In fulfillment of this mission, the Institute launched Great French Paintings from the Clark, its first-ever international tour of masterpieces from its collection, at the Palazzo Reale in Milan on March 2, 2011. This began a three-year initiative that included collaboration with leading museums and venues in Europe, North America, and Asia through May 2014. For a list of venues and dates, click here.
As the Institute nears completion of the most significant expansion and renovation since its opening in 1955, the tenth and final leg of the international tour is under way at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The exhibition opened on December 22, 2013 and is on view until May 4, 2014.
The tour presents a rare opportunity to share many of the treasures of the Clark's collection with new audiences of art lovers, students, and scholars. Of equal importance, this initiative also provides a unique platform through which to showcase the distinct cultural heritage of the Berkshires to a worldwide audience.
“The Clark is delighted to have this unprecedented opportunity to share some of its best-known and most beloved works with a broader global audience,” said Clark director Michael Conforti. “It is our hope that this exhibition of the best of the Clark’s famous nineteenth-century painting collection will encourage the cross-cultural exchange of new ideas and the discovery of common ground, paving the way to greater mutual understanding and cooperation through the arts.”
IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark
December 22, 2013 - May 4, 2014