Chicago sends its masterpieces to Texas to raise money for new wing

The Art Institute of Chicago is lending 90 of its Impressionist and Post Impressionist paintings to help raise money for its new $283m modern wing designed by Renzo Piano. The paintings will be on display at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, from 29 June until 2 November while the Art Institute renovates its

galleries. The list of paintings making their way to the Kimbell reads like the greatest hits of 19th-century art. Included are Cézanne’s The Bathers, 1899-1904, Van Gogh’s Bedroom, 1889 (above left), Toulouse-Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge, 1892-95, and Paul Gauguin’s Why Are You Angry?, 1896 (above right). This is the first time the gallery has allowed so many of its Impressionist works to leave the museum at one time. According to The New York Times, the Art Institute is charging the Kimbell a fee of around $2m for the loan. These types of major loan agreements have become increasingly popular as a way to generate revenue. The Louvre in Paris has reportedly charged fees for lending portions of its collection to museums in Indianapolis, Seattle, Oklahoma City, Denver, and Quebec, among other destinations, and in 2006 made a deal with the High Museum in Atlanta for $6.4m for the loan of 180 works to raise money for restoration of its 18th-century furniture galleries. It is also set to receive e400m from Abu Dhabi for opening an outpost there in 2012

Charmaine Picard

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