press release

The museum is celebrating ten years of acquisitions in the form of a dedicated tour of its collections and temporary exhibition rooms. It features antiquities, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, coins and medals as well as recently acquired collections of drawings and etchings that illustrate the museum’s acquisition policies, which have placed it among the leaders on the national and international scene. Exhibitions of works by Geneviève Asse and Georges Adilon are also present, thus highlighting the importance of 20th century art in the museum’s collections. Finally, three thematic presentations are exhibited during Ten years of Acquisitions, ten years of Passion – graphic arts, medals and Auguste Morisot. The various departments of the Fine Arts Museum of Lyon have greatly enriched their collections since 2004, with over 580 works being added to them as part of an acquisitions policy that puts the emphasis on the coherence of its collections. The museum has increased the presence of works by some artists, addressed certain absences in style and chronology and expanded the content of certain artistic movements. The museum has chosen to present a selection of works in the permanent collections in the shape of a tour rather than in specific exhibition rooms. This presentation has for objective to put the accent on their inscription within the history of art and reveal their singular beauty. The tour also reflects the diversity of the acquisition procedures that major museums such as this have at their disposition, which include donations, bequests, purchases, deposits and gifts. It also thanks and pays homage to donators and art collectors, the Friends of the museum association, stakeholders who are members of the Saint-Pierre Museum Club, private individuals from the Cercle Poussin and subscribers, and public institutions such as the city authorities of Lyon, the Culture Ministry, the DRAC Rhône-Alpes, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the FRAM, all of whom have helped the museum and supported its acquisition policy in many ways.