Charles Venable, the deputy director of the Cleveland Museum collection, traveled to China for the opening at the Beijing World Art Museum at the end of May. He says the Chinese audiences were excited to see the works of artists whose names are magic in the world of western art: Matisse, Monet, Modigliani, Renoir, Rodin, Van Gogh.
"I was surprised how many people from the Chinese public who were there for the opening really have read books on Modigliani, even if they haven't seen them," he said. "These are very well educated individuals and some of them, in fact, have been reading things in Western languages, particularly English. Because they do not have that much literature on Western art that has been translated into Chinese, so our catalogue is one of the first big survey books that is in Chinese."