Baltic presidents and Macron open major exhibition at Musee d'Orsay

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On April 9 the Baltic presidents, on visit in France, along with French president Emmanuel Macron opened a major exhibition at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris dedicated to the art of the Baltic states.

Titled Âmes Sauvages: Le symbolisme dans l'art des pays Baltes (Wild Souls: Symbolism in the art of the Baltic states), it is the greatest co-project of the Baltic states on their centenary year, and one of the greatest events for Latvia throughout the year of its centenary

Before unveiling the exhibition, the leaders of the Baltics met French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace. It was the first time all Baltic leaders were present there. From there they went to the Musee d'Orsay and had a look at the pictures. 

This may be the high-water mark for international publicity for the centenaries of the Baltics, in terms of culture and politics. 

After the meeting, Latvian president Raimonds Vējonis said that they had talked about the future of Europe and matters of security, and that the French president confirmed the readiness of France to continue supporting the country's security. 

Special guests arrived from Brussels and the respective capitals of the states, with former ambassadors in France as well as famous Riga-born ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov in attendance. 

Baltic art takes up a prominent space in the museum, and it's the main exhibition aside from the permanent collection they have at the Musee d'Orsay.

Johann Walter's Young peasant girl, used for advertising the exhibition, is quite prominent now on the streets of Paris and the museum. 

The exhibition runs from April 10 to July 15 and full details can be found HERE.

You can watch the speech of President Macron (in French) below.

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