Curators make an impression

An art show curated by an Edinburgh academic has become the most successful exhibition of paintings staged in France.

Art historian Professor Richard Thomson was part of the curating team behind the Claude Monet retrospective at the Grand Palais, Paris.

The four-month exhibition, which included some paintings never before shown in France was visited by more than 900,000 people.

First-class exhibitions

Guy Cogeval, the President-Directeur of the Musee d’Orsay, approached Professor Thomson in autumn 2008 to invite him to join his team on the project.

Professor Thomson contributed to developing concepts for the exhibition’s themes, as well as site research and catalogue writing.

The exhibition was the first full retrospective of Monet’s 60-year career to be held in Paris since 1980.

Exhibitions are a valuable tool for getting one’s work published and for outreach to a very wide audience.

Professor ThomsonWatson Gordon Professor of Fine Art

Joint success

Professor Thomson’s wife Belinda Thomson, another art historian affiliated to the university, also played a role in an international art exhibition this autumn.

Belinda, an Honorary Fellow at the University, curated Tate Modern’s Gauguin show.

Belinda was approached to curate the Gauguin exhibition following the success of her Gauguin’s Vision show for the National Galleries of Scotland.

Her exhibition is the first on the French artist to be held in the UK for 50 years.