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Babar’s Museum of Art

The Nassau County Museum of Art (Roslyn Harbor, NY)  is launching a new Ridder MiniArtMuseum for Children with a fantastic exhibition designed to capture the attention of young museum visitors. Babar’s Museum of Art opens at the NCMA on January 18 and runs through May 26, 2009.

Featuring Laurent De Brunhoff’s illustrations, Babar’s Museum of Art introduces children to some of the world’s greatest works of art but with a bit of a modification – all human subjects are replaced with elephants!

Babar’s Museum of Art started as a book to introduce children to notable works of art found in museums and galleries throughout the world.  The exhibit, which has been a feature of art museums worldwide, displays the original illustrations created by Laurent de Brunhoff  for the book. (In the UK, the book is known as Babar’s Gallery.)

Everyone who loves art, Babar, or children will love Babar’s Museum of Art. The old train station in Celesteville stands empty—should it be torn down? “No!” declare Celeste and Babar, who decide to turn it into an art museum. Their children (like many young museum-goers) have a lot of questions about art: “Does it have to be pretty? Does it have to be old? Does it have to make sense?” Celeste’s patient answers explain the basic ideas of art appreciation. Babar and Celeste’s generous donations to the new museum include witty and striking elephant-inspired version of Michelangelo’s Creation of Man, George Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, and Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, along with many other celebrated paintings. Children and adults will want to visit Babar’s Museum of Art again and again!

Even if you don’t ever get to see the exhibit, the book is a great way to introduce children to art.  It’s also good for a chuckle!

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