D’Orsay director’s 19th-century club

PARIS. Musée d’Orsay director Guy Cogeval is planning to set up an international grouping of galleries of 19th-century art. Provisionally entitled “Circle 19”, it would comprise museums with globally-important collections. This will be one of his major initiatives after taking over two months ago at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, following his departure from Montreal.

Likely members include New York’s Metropolitan, the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and the National Gallery and Tate in London. Mr Cogeval says he is also keen to include the São Paulo Museum of Art in Brazil, which has a fine collection of Impressionism, to get it “into the international scene”.

The first meeting is likely to be held this autumn in Paris, with annual events in a different city. It would be an informal “club”, and members would either be museum directors or chief curators. Mr Cogeval is keen that it does not become overly large. Circle 19 will focus on cooperation over loans, exhibitions, scholarship and staff exchanges. Martin Bailey

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