City of Dijon, France Brings Best of Burgundy Culture to San Francisco during opening week of Mourners Exhibition at the Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco, August 15th – an award-winning exhibition of exceptional medieval alabaster sculptures from the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy located at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon opens at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco on Saturday, August 20th. To celebrate this opening of this exhibition, Dijon’s Senator-Mayor, François Rebsamen, brings to San Francisco the Dijon Must’art cultural activities program - from August 18th to 24th.
Dijon – It’s about Mustard, and Much, Much More. To share its rich heritage, diverse culture, and contemporary talents, the city of Dijon has decided to come to San Francisco with a city-wide, weeklong project entitled “Dijon Must’art,” a pun based on what the city is most know for, “Dijon mustard.”
“Dijon mustard is appreciated around the world,” said Senator-Mayor Francois Rebsamen. “I was delighted to learn last year that President Barack Obama had ordered Dijon mustard with his hamburger, so of course I personally sent a case to the White House.” He added, “It’s a healthy and tasty choice.”
While mustard may be the first thing that comes to mind when we hear its name, Dijon is also the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, with a rich history, flourishing art scene, and firm commitment to sustainable development. Located in the heart of Burgundy, the city is home to historic architecture, inviting public gardens, and charming cobblestone streets with outdoor cafes. Dijon is known for its exquisite cuisine and high-quality specialty products that are often exported to the United States. The wine heritage of the Burgundy region dates back to medieval times, and today the wines of Burgundy are considered among the finest in the world. In 2009, L’Entreprise magazine named Dijon the most attractive city in France for the second year a row, noting its beauty and continued economic growth.
Under its current leadership, the city of Dijon is committed to a sustainable and socially fair economic development. The city has been successful in its efforts to “go green,” most notably with the development of its tramway, planned to be in use by September 2012. The tramway will consume ten times less energy and release one hundred times less gas than a bus, in addition to being less noisy. This innovative system of public transportation is just one of many examples of how the city has become a leader in the movement to protect our environment.
“Dijon Must’art is a project that is close to my heart, and the heart of my city. It is a wonderful opportunity to share what we treasure most,” said Rebsamen. “Our program of events celebrates the historic journey of ’The Mourners’ across the United States. Never before have these superb statues been viewed outside of their original context within the tomb of the Dukes of Burgundy. In addition, this exhibition allows these works to be seen from a unique 360-degree perspective.” Since the Mourners exhibition has come to the United States, it has received the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) annual Award for Excellence, and has gained two spots on The Art Newspaper’s Medieval Top Ten exhibitions list, for shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Dijon meets San Francisco! In the spirit of culinary camaraderie, five Dijon chefs with four Michelin stars, including; Stephane Derbord William Frachot , Yves Rebsamen, Jean-Pierre
& Alexis Billoux will be welcomed at the Fairmont Hotel's San Francisco kitchen, where Chef J.W. Foster has generously offered to assist the Must’art chefs cook up a feast of creative Burgundian culinary delights to share with Bay Area culinary enthusiasts at various events during
MUST’ATTEND ACTIVITIES – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
2 CHANCES TO MEET THE MUST’ART CHEFS:
Saturday, August 20th, 8am to 2pm
Tuesday, August 23rd, 10am to 2pm
Ferry Building Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
Dijon Michelin-star Chefs:
Stephane Derbord of Restaurant Stephane Derbord
William Frachot of Le Chapeau Rouge
Yves Rebsamen of Chez Guy
Jean-Pierre & Alexis Billoux of Le Pré aux Clercs
Taste culinary creations including form our featured chefs. Learn about Dijon’s finest exports: fresh mustard making and savory samples by Maille brand; innovative kitchen appliances including the ActiFry from T-fal brand. Discover a replica of a 14th century alabaster sculpture, and fascinating video coverage about the medieval masterpieces featured in the Mourners Exhibition. Join the Dijon Michelin-star Chefs “Market to Table” cooking demonstrations at the CUESA kitchen on Tuesday, August 23rd. Savor Burgundy’s fine wines with Dijon sommelier Patrice Gillard of 2-star Dijon restaurant Le Pré Aux Clercs at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant wine bar.