From 25 November, visitors to the Neue Pinakothek art museum in Munich will once again be able to admire the painting entitled ‘Ecluse dans la vallée d’Optevoz’ (1855) (Sluice in the Optevoz Valley).
In order to rediscover the painting’s original sparkle and to identify with certainty its authorship, the management of the Neue Pinakotek appeal to BNP Paribas Germany and the BNP Paribas Foundation to sponsor the restoration of the picture.
The restoration process began in 2012 and was completed this summer. The lengthy, delicate and meticulous work finally managed to find the artist: the painting can be attributed solely to the hand of Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878).
The restoration has revealed the vivid original colours. The work now takes pride of place in a temporary exhibition at the Neue Pinakothek, retracing the steps of the restoration. The exhibition is scheduled to run until March 2015.
This exciting restoration project comes under the ‘BNP Paribas pour l’Art’ programme, which was launched by the BNP Paribas Foundation exactly twenty years ago. Since 1994 the programme has enabled the restoration of over two hundred individual works of art and collections, some fifteen of which are conserved in museums abroad.
Moreover, "BNP Paribas for Art" programme celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition at the BNP Paribas Concept Store in Paris from 20 October 2014 to 20 January 2015.