New Monet museum blooms in France

More than water lilies will be blooming May 1 at Claude Monet's famed pond in Giverny, France.

The Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, on the site of the famed Musée d'art Americain Giverny, is due to open with an exhibit of Monet works, the French Government Tourist Office says. The Garden of Monet at Giverny: The Invention of the Landscape runs until Aug. 15. Works will be loaned by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, a partner in the new museum celebrating impresssionists. It is in the same building as the previous one, which spotlighted American art and was overseen by a U.S. foundation.

The museum is near Monet's onetime home and garden, which attracts painters and art lovers from around the world. Information is on www.maag.org; the new museum website (www.museedesimpressionnismesgiverny.org) is due to be up soon.

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