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France has a treat in store for art lovers

VISITORS to the France Pavilion's exhibition will feel like they are paying a visit to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, famed as "the most beautiful museum in Europe," a top official said yesterday.

Seven of the museum's best-known masterpieces are coming to Shanghai, including work by Cezanne, Manet, Millet, Rodin and Van Gogh, said Jose Freches, commissioner general of France's Expo participation.

The value of each is more than 100 million euros (US$139 million) and they have never left France for such long period before, Freches said.

The paintings and one sculpture will be transported to the Expo site on separate flights.

Special security measures will be taken to protect the art works in the pavilion throughout the 184-day Expo duration and they will be hung behind bullet-proof glass.

The paintings will include Millet's "The Angelus," Manet's "The Balcony," Cezanne's "Woman with Coffee Pot" and Van Gogh's "The Dance Hall in Arles." The sculpture is Rodin's "The Age of Bronze."

"It means that out of the 10 best masterpieces from this great museum, seven will be in China for six months," says Franck Serrano, director of the pavilion.


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