Laszlo Baán, director of the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery, has received the French Legion of Honour for his work to develop Hungarian-French cultural relations, the museum said in a statement on Thursday.
Eric Fournier, French Ambassador to Hungary has decorated Baán Knight of the Legion of Honour on Wednesday, the statement said.
The museums under his direction have exhibited in the most prestigious Paris venues during the past four years, the statement said. The Musee d’Orsay, the Musee du Louvre and the Musee du Luxembourg all hosted Hungarian shows.
In Hungary, extensive shows of the works of Picasso, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cezanne, Daumier and Mureau brought the French culture closer to Hungarians, it said.
Baán also promoted exhibitions of Hungarian artists who have worked and lived in France, such as Sándor Hollan, Márta Pán or Endre Rozsda, the statement said.
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