French connection allows Hongkongers to toast Spanish artist

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am


Over 500 guests braved the rain on Friday evening to attend the exhibition opening of Picasso-Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris at Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin.

Guests included Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing, French consul general Arnaud Barthelemy and Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Anne Baldassari, president of the Musee National Picasso flew in for the event from Paris.

The exhibition features 48 oil paintings and seven sculptures from his blue, rose, neoclassical and cubist periods. The selection from the Paris museum's more-than 5,000 pieces provided a condensed and diverse representation of the prolific artist's work.

A highlight of this year's Le French May festival, the exhibition was made possible by the joint efforts of the French consulate, the Alliance Fran?aise, the LCSD and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Set up in 1985, the Musee National Picasso displays the collection of Picasso works acquired by the French government from the artist's heirs in 1979.

The exhibition runs until July 22. Guides are on hand to provide multilingual introductions.