VFTB checks out fun spots in Paris

Brasserie Lipp
151 Boulevard Saint-Germain
75006 Paris, France
Website: www.ila-chateau.com/lipp

Deyrolle (taxidermy)
46 rue du Bac
75007 Paris
Website: www.deyrolle.com

Musée Nissim de Camondo
63 Rue Monceau
8th arr. Paris
Website: www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

Hotel Ritz Paris
15 Place Vendôme
75001 Paris, France
Website: www.ritzparis.com

About The Birth of Impressionism:

The de Young is proud to be the only museum in the world to present two consecutive special exhibitions from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

The first exhibition, Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay, debuts at the de Young on May 22 and runs through September 6, 2010.

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 750-3600?
Website: www.famsf.org

About John Buchanan:

John Buchanan was appointed Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprised of the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, in November 2005. Previously, he served as the executive director of the Portland Art Museum, was director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, and was the executive director of the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria, IL.

Since his arrival at FAMSF, Buchanan has drafted a five-year plan for growth and improvement of the Museums, produced the 1 Anniversary Weekend for the new de Young Museum, secured funding for extended gallery hours at the de Young Museum from a consortium of funders including the Koret Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and organized or scheduled over 26 major exhibitions through 2011 at the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor.

The de Young Museum is currently the most visited museum in the West, the fourth most visited art museum in the United States and the 16th most visited art museum in the world.

Major acquisitions in all areas have been realized under Buchanan's direction at FAMSF, including Gustave Courbet's The Wave and the baroque masterpiece Susanna and the Elders by Jan van Noordt.

An important collection celebrating the artistry of the Alaskan Inuit people was given by the late Thomas G. Fowler and more than 800 exceptional works from Marcia and John Friede as part of a promised gift of more than 3,000 works of art from the Jolika Collection of New Guinea art have entered the collections.

While at the Portland Art Museum, Buchanan led a series of three successful capital campaigns over the course of his tenure. During that time the Portland Art Museum unveiled the third phase of its 10-year $125 million Master Plan for capital and endowment growth, led by Buchanan, with the grand opening of a $40 million renovation and expansion of its second facility, the Mark Building.

In addition, Buchanan organized numerous major international exhibitions, including Hesse -- A Princely German Collection and Stroganoff: The Palace and Collections of a Russian Noble Family.

He also led an ambitious collection-building program that led to the acquisition of The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection of Northwest Art, the Elizabeth Cole Butler Bequest of Native American Art and the private art collection of the late art critic Clement Greenberg.

Buchanan earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of the South at Sewanee and a Master of Arts in the history of art from Vanderbilt University.

He has received numerous awards and appointments including the Legion of Honor, presented by the French Government, and membership on the National Museum Services Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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