avril, 2011

avril 24th, 2011

Paris at the time of the impressionists


Johan Barthold Jongkind.
La Seine et Notre-Dame de Paris © RMN (musée d’Orsay)

The event exhibition from 12 April to 30 July 2011 at the City Hall of Paris

The canvases of Claude Monet, Edouard Vuillard and Edgar Degas will take over the Town Hall in Paris for an exceptional exhibition.

They marked the history of art. Monet, Edouard Vuillard, Edgar Degas, Gustave Caillebotte, Jean Béraud … The Hôtel de Ville will hosts the greatest Impressionist names, with paintings, pastels and drawings evoking Paris and its inhabitants at the turn of the century. This major, free exhibition is organised with the exceptional support of the Musée d’Orsay, the French reference on the 19th century and the Impressionist period.

In 1879, Édouard Manet was refused permission to decorate a room in the newly rebuilt Hôtel de Ville. One hundred and thirty years later, the Town Hall in Paris is paying tribute to the artist’s dream: a selection of Impressionist works describing their vision of life will be on display in the Saint-Jean room of the Hôtel de Ville.

During its renovation work, the Musée d’Orsay is loaning out several dozen canvases and drawings. Most of these drawings have never before been displayed to the public! You will also be able to discover architectural documents and models showing the new identity of the Paris of Napoleon III.

Between 1848 and 1914, the new Paris was at the centre of artistic preoccupations. The Impressionists identified with the dynamic and eventful urban life, the boulevards, streets and bridges with their constant activity. The metro was built, allowing Parisians greater ease of movement.
Jongkind and Lépine, Manet and Degas, Monet and Renoir, Caillebotte and Pissarro would all become fascinated by the city and life of Paris, highlighting its modernity (Monet, Saint-Lazare Train Station). Gauguin and Van Gogh, Signac, Luce, later Bonnard and Vuillard also explored it, even its underground life, with The Underground.

The exhibition in the St Jean room of the Hôtel de Ville will allow the installation of monumental works. The first part, on the mezzanine, will present the changing city through paintings, pastels, architectural drawings and models. The large nave will be dedicated to an animated and turbulent Paris, with its wide horizons (The Orchestra at the Opera House by Degas, La Guinguette in Montmartre by Van Gogh, etc.).

Free exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. Entrance: 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris

Métro station: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 7).

Every day except Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 7 pm

More informations: http://www.paris.fr

avril 4th, 2011

Manet, the man who invented Modern art

Amazone in a Riding Habit  ©
(Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation – Madrid)

Paris, Musée d’Orsay 5 April – 3 July 2011

More than a one man retrospective for Edouard Manet (1832-1883), the exhibition Manet, the Man who Invented Modern Art explores and highlights the historical situation around him, including the reaffirmed legacy of Romanticism, the impact of his contemporaries and the changes in the media at the time.

Manet was also Modern in the way he challenged the ancient masters from Fra Angelico to Velazquez. This exhibition takes another look at the many links that the painter resolutely created and rejected within both public and political spheres. For modernity was also a question of integration and of resistance. The exhibition will therefore focus on the teaching of Thomas Couture, Baudelaire’s support and encouragement, the reform of religious art, erotic imagery, the art of the fragment(ed), his relationship with women painters (Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalès), the temptations of high society, his decision to remain outside the main Impressionism movement and his complicity with Mallarmé at his darkest.

This exhibition focuses on later works that are less well known and, more importantly, little-understood if regarded as simply a stage of the process towards « pure painting ».

This is the first major exhibition devoted to Manet in France since the memorable 1983 exhibition at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, organised by Françoise Cachin, former director of the Musée d’Orsay.

Curator : Stéphane Guégan, curator, Musée d’Orsay.

With the support of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch

Musée d’Orsay : 1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris.

More informations : www.musee-orsay.fr