Cultural experiences at the Orsay Museum and the Foundation for Contemporary Art

Famous for having the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays a wide selection of artistic creations from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries. The Hotel Sophie Germain recommends the upcoming exhibitions detailed below and suggests a visit to the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, where the fascinating work of Claudia Andujar awaits you.


Upcoming exhibitions at the Orsay Museum

Joris-Karl Huysmans, Art Critic: From Degas to Grünewald, Under the Gaze of Francesco Vezzoli

The 19th century French writer and associate of Emile Zola, Joris-Karl Huysmans is perhaps best known for his novel A Rebours (Against Nature). Less known to the general public is his career as an art critic. Already passionate about the work of Rembrandt and Hals, Huysmans experienced a defining moment when he discovered Degas in the period 1876 to 1879. This exhibition, orchestrated by the Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli, will delight lovers of art and literature.
(Until March 1st, 2020)

Léopold Chauveau: In the Land of Monsters

The imaginary worlds and monsters of the doctor and self-taught artist Léopold Chauveau (1870-1940) offer visitors a fascinating and unusual experience. Unjustly overlooked in the history of art, Chauveau’s work is eccentric, naïve and strangely charming. The exhibition is structured in two parts. One invites you to discover the artist’s life and personality and his strange sculptures and drawings of bizarre creatures, while the other focusses on his work aimed at children and will utterly captivate younger visitors.
(From March 10th to June 29th, 2020)

James Tissot: Ambiguous Modernity

The Musée d'Orsay presents a retrospective of the work of James Tissot, an artist who was very much in vogue from 1850 to 1902. Setting Tissot in the artistic and social contexts of his time, Ambiguous Modernity delves into the daily life of French and English high society in the 19th century through portraits of aristocrats of the era and scenes from Victorian and Parisian life. The exhibition highlights the whole palette of Tissot’s creativity in artistic disciplines as varied as painting, printmaking, photography and cloisonné enamels.
(From March 24th to July 19th, 2020)


The Yanomami Struggle; an exhibition of work by Claudia Andujar at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art

Until May 10th, 2020, you have a chance to see the biggest exhibition ever devoted to the work of Claudia Andujar, a famous Swiss-born Brazilian photographer and activist who since the 1970s has dedicated her life to her art and the human rights struggle of the indigenous Yanomami people of the Amazon rainforest. This exhibition presents more than 300 colour and black and white photographs reflecting the dignity and humanity of the Yanomami. The artist likes to play with tight shots of faces and parts of the body, as well as with light and shade, thus creating a wonderful feeling of intimacy. The exhibition also offers drawings by Yanomami artists, historical documents and an audiovisual installation.



More information:

Musée d'Orsay
Fondation Cartier

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