“We practically have an embarrassment of choices this time with the number of main titles we have managed to loan for the exhibition,” Laszlo Baan, the director of the museum, told reporters at the event.
He noted that with the Hungarian government’s support, the museum had acquired Renoir’s 1903 work Reclining Nude for 12.3 million US dollars in 2019. Renoir painted two more versions of that work which have never been seen together before, sparking the idea for the museum’s exhibition entitled “Renoir – The Painter and His Models”, Baan said.
In addition to the other versions of Reclining Nude, on loan from the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee d’Orangerie in Paris, around 70 works from over 20 public collections will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts from September 22.
The works have been insured for around 400 billion forints (EUR 1bn), said Baan.
The Renoir show will run until January 7, 2024.