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‘Danish Collector’ set for Opera House

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present The Danish Collector: Delacriox to Gauguin, a special cinematic examination of Impressionist artists, on Sat, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Visionary Danish businessman Wilhelm Hansen amassed a remarkable collection of art by the Impressionists — Monet, Degas, Renoir and more — all housed at his summer home, Ordrupgaard, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. This cinematic production tells his fascinating story and, with exclusive access to a sell-out exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, brings the extraordinary collection to the big-screen in glorious high definition.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “The Danish Collector: Delacriox to Gauguin,” a special cinematic examination of Impressionist artists, on Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series.

Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis notes that “due to the continued high positivity rate of COVID in Chautauqua County, and in accordance with CDC, local and state guidelines, we are requiring all patrons to wear masks before, during and after Opera House events. Masks must securely and snugly cover the nose and mouth entirely. Neck gaiters and bandannas are not permitted.”

For many years, no one was interested in the art of the Impressionists. Artists like Monet, Degas and Renoir were vilified, attacked and left penniless as a result.

Then, something remarkable happened. A new breed of collectors emerged; and before long, they were battling to acquire any works by these new radical artists that they could find. Among these collectors was the visionary Danish businessman Wilhelm Hansen. It was an extraordinary moment in art history, full of drama, intrigue and subterfuge.

Hansen amassed a remarkable collection housed at his summer home, Ordrupgaard, on the outskirts of Copenhagen. This production tells his fascinating story and, with exclusive access to a sell-out exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, brings the extraordinary collection to the big-screen in glorious high definition.

From Hansen’s beautiful house and gardens at Ordrupgaard to the streets of Bohemian Paris, this cinematic production takes you on a journey to discover some of the best examples of 19th-century French art ever collected. The production runs approximately one hour, 30 minutes. Individual tickets to The Danish Collector are $15, ($10 students). Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 12-4:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

For this production, the Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to “present the performing arts for the benefit of our community and region … providing access to artistic diversity … and high quality programming at an affordable price.” It is located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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