Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the exhibition of masterpieces from the collection of the Morozov brothers at the Vuitton Foundation. In the presence of the Russian Minister of Culture, he assured to want to continue the rapprochement between the two countries.
Emmanuel Macron affirmed France’s determination to strengthen its relations with Russia despite the “turpitudes of the present time”, by inaugurating on September 21 the exhibition of masterpieces from the collection of the Morozov brothers at the Vuitton Foundation .
I want to testify to France’s sincere commitment to pursue this path and to work for the common work between our two countries.
After having visited it in the company of the Russian Minister of Culture Olga Lioubimova, the Head of State declared to believe “very deeply” that this exhibition, which opens on September 22, will convince “millions of our fellow citizens of what ‘there is something in common and inseparable between the French and the Russians ”.
“[Elle] forces us to continue working, despite the turpitudes of the present time and circumstances, to continue to bring [les deux pays]“, He added, alongside Bernard Arnault, the president of LVMH and owner of the museum.
“I want to testify to France’s sincere commitment to pursue this path and to work for the common work between our two countries [quand] there is such a history, such an understanding of what are the French soul and the Russian soul “, he continued, affirming to share this” determination “with Russian President Vladimir Poutine.
Three times postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this exhibition is the artistic event of the return to Paris by presenting 200 paintings acquired at the turn of the 19th century by the two Morozov brothers, including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse and Russian artists.
This collection “is the obvious trace that Russia is indeed a great European power”, underlined Emmanuel Macron, who visited it with his wife Brigitte Macron, the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, directors of Parisian museums, and Russian personalities.
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“This exhibition is the illustration of the eternal links between France and Russia”, added Bernard Arnault, by thanking “warmly” Vladimir Poutine, whom he had met in 2016 to organize this exhibition, and that of the collector Sergei Chtchoukine who attracted 1.29 million visitors.
“Such significant events in the field of culture, symbolically bringing Russia and France closer together, consolidate the traditional special relationship between our countries and undoubtedly contribute to the further development of bilateral cultural ties”, writes Vladimir Poutine, who co-prefaces the exhibition catalog with Emmanuel Macron.
Contrary to other European leaders, Emmanuel Macron pleaded at the start of his five-year term for a rapprochement with Russia despite several disputes including that relating to Crimea attached to Russia in 2014 following a referendum.