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ALL ABOARD FOR OPENING OF PARIS ART MUSEUM
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Dec 2, 1986
Start Page: 1
Section: Calendar; 6; Entertainment Desk
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Fifteen years after its escape from demolition, the transformed Gare d'Orsay railroad station was inaugurated Monday by President Francois Mitterrand as the new Musee d'Orsay, a lavish and enormous museum dedicated to the 19th Century and displaying, among many other works, the largest collection of Impressionist art in France.

President Mitterrand, flanked by former President Valery Giscard d'Estaing and Premier Jacques Chirac, flicked aside a white cloth that covered the inaugural stone and led a large group of politicians on a tour of the museum, which houses 2,300 paintings, 250 pastels, 1,500 sculptures, 1,100 pieces of furniture, jewelry and other art objects, and 15,000 photographs.

PHOTO: The central hall of Paris' Musee d'Orsay, a renovated railroad station, sports a number of monumental 19th-Century statues. / MICHEL BARET

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