Mexican Museum Gets Eviction, De Young Gets Degas

Fort Mason wants the Mexican Museum gone by September, while De Young to host impressionists from the Musée D'Orsay

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    Payton Chung
    The Mexican Museum could only benefit from a location nearer the museum goers and foot traffic around the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

    El Museo Mexicano, or the Mexican Museum, will have to vacate its location in Fort Mason by September if it can't renegotiate its lease and come up with money to pay back rent.

    Meanwhile, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency will hold a vote on whether to allocate $250,000 to the museum to fund plans to build a permanent location on Mission between 3rd and 4th.

    There it would join the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the South of Market neighborhood's cultural hub.

    Fort Mason wants the museum to leave partly due to unpaid rent, but also because it hasn't been putting on public events -- a priority for non-profits hoping to shack up at the old military base.

    There is some good news for museum goers, however, as the De Young announced plans to host over 200 pieces from the permanent collection of the Musée D'Orsay in Paris.

    The D'Orsay's collection is heavy on 19th and 20th impressionist painters, from Monet and Manet, to Degas and Van Gogh.

    100 pieces from the 19th century will be on display starting in May of 2010, with another 125 later works going up in September.

    Photo by Payton Chung.

    Jackson West will grudgingly go to Dede's De Young, since the D'Orsay exhibitions should prove magical.