The Metropolitan Museum or the Guggenheim Museum in New York City? Nope.
National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.? Nuh uh.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts? Guess again.
The only art museum in North America to host an exhibition of portraits by Edouard Manet, the French artist some consider the father of Impressionism? Why, the Toledo Museum of Art, of course.
Édouard Manet’s “The Railway.”
Beginning Oct. 7 and continuing through Jan. 1, 2013, the Toledo Museum will host “Manet: Portraying Life.” The exhibition, sponsored by BP America and Block Communications, Inc., represents the first in-depth display of nearly 40 portraits by Manet (1832-1883) of family, friends, and political, literary and artistic celebrities of Parisian life. Many of the portraits were painted in casual settings and come to Toledo from museums in Europe, Japan and North America at a packing and shipping cost of nearly $50,000 each.
Numerous photographs will be featured as part of the exhibition, which is co-organized by officials at the Toledo Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where the exhibition will go on display from Jan. 26-April 14, 2013.
“Manet: Portraying Life will offer our visitors an important and unique opportunity to consider the portraits of a great French painter,” Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy said in a prepared statement. “We are proud to be organizers and to be the only venue for the exhibition in North America.”
Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900 at the Toledo Museum, said widespread interest is expected in the Manet exhibition because “the artist is one of the greatest Western European painters.”
When Nichols and MaryAnne Stevens, exhibition curator at the London Royal Academy of Arts, learned the other was organizing a Manet exhibition, they decided to collaborate on this exhibition.
In addition to the two major corporate sponsors, Manet: Portraying Life is made possible by TMA members and supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council’s sustainable grant program funded by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets to the exhibition are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children 5 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Museum members receive free unlimited admission to Manet: Portraying Life. An audio tour will be available for $3. Docent-led tours also will be offered.