France freezes exhibitions and cultural events with Russia

Vincent Van Gogh, La mer aux Saintes-Maries, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888. Photo: Musée d'Etat des Beaux-Arts Pouchkine, Moscow.
Vincent Van Gogh, La mer aux Saintes-Maries, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888. Photo: Musée d'Etat des Beaux-Arts Pouchkine, Moscow.

 

Sanctions against Russia continue in the world. On this occasion, France suspended its cultural relations with the European country and China.

Rolselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture, announced that French, national and private museums have frozen exhibitions and exchanges of all kinds with both countries.

For example, in Nice, the Matisse Museum canceled the loan of 300 works to China, which at the end of March would present the great exhibition 'Matisse by Matisse'.

 

The Dance (1910) Henri Matisse.

 

Moreover, the Paris Philharmonic warned similar measures stressing that no Russian artist will be invited to work in Europe or the United States.

Undoubtedly, these measures have also affected the Bolshoi, theaters, operas and state-funded Russian orchestras.

But another issue that is still up in the air is the collection of brothers Mikhal and Ivan Morozov, which is exhibited at the Louis Vuitton Foundation (FLV), until next April 3.

 

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The historical sample of these patron brothers who dominated the cultural life of Moscow, is made up of 300 works owned by the Russian state, In its great majority.

It will be President Emmanuel Macron who will announce whether the works will return to Moscow or whether the collection will be temporarily "sequestered".