Paris Exhibitions of the Past

Claude Monet - Gare Saint Lazare Crédits photo © RMN (Musée d’Orsay) Hervé LewandowskiThe Paris Mayor’s office has a list of Paris museums and their links to check for current exhibitions. You can also check for current exhibitions at the city/municipal museums. The Paris Tourist Office provides a list of museums. And l’Officiel des spectacles provides museum information in their weekly magazine and online (Use Google Translate.)

The following two exhibits are at the same Hotel de Ville – one entrance fronts rue de Rivoli and the other is around the corner on the street, Lobau.

The Impressionists at the Hotel de Ville
Until July 23, 2011.
“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. “ — Mairie de Paris or watch the video.

“Paris at the Time of the Impressionists: the Masterpieces of the Musee d’Orsay at the Hotel de Ville”
Hotel de Ville – The entrance to the exhibit: 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris
Metro: Hotel de Ville (lines 1 and 7).
Every day except Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

La Commune de Paris a 140 ans Until May 28, 2011
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Closed Sunday and holidays)
This exhibition is about the Commune uprising 140 years ago. I don’t want to use the word “celebrates” since the Communards burnt down the last Hotel de Ville!
Documents, posters, original manuscripts, photos and engravings.
Watch their short videos because an image is worth a thousand words.
Hotel de Ville – The entrance to the exhibit: Salon d’accueil, 29 rue de Rivoli 75004 Paris
Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays
Groups call 01 42 76 51 53

The Caillebotte Brothers’ Private World is on exhibit at the Jacquemart-Andre Museum until July 11, 2011. (Web site available in English – click on flag in upper-right corner).  The two brothers, one a painter and the other a photographer, capture Paris as it modernizes. Normally, the audio guide for the permanent exhibition is free with admission. There is a 3.50 euros charge during the temporary exhibit, which includes a magnifying souvenir to get up close to those photos. The cost of admission is the same for both the permanent and the temporary exhibit. Colleen’s Paris has reviewed this exhibition.

The audio guide was excellent to understand why the fellow in the row boat is where a top hat and not a “chapeau canotier“, the perspective of the glassware on the lunch table, the photos showing the pull carts, omnibus accidents involving horses, the ratio of the horses to people, the theory of why there are so many of the same sailboat in one painting, etc.

CHAGALL and the  BIBLE
The exhibition seeks to interpret the work of Chagall and examine his sources of inspiration; it shows that the Torah was central to the artist’s world
Until June 5, 2011 Closed Saturday and Sunday
Musee d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme 75003 Paris
Telephone: 01 53 01 86 60

CRANACH ET SON TEMPS – Until May 23, 2011
Exhibition presenting the works of a major artist from the German Renaissance, Lucas Cranach (1472-1553). Numerous portraits and sensual feminine figures; read the Colleen’s Paris review.
Musee du Luxembourg 75006
Telephone: 01 40 13 62 00

UNE BALLADE D’AMOUR ET DE MORT  (A BALLAD OF LOVE AND DEATH): PRE-RAPHAELITE PHOTOGRAPHY IN GREAT BRITAIN, 1848-1875 Until May 29
In the second half of the 19th century, in Victorian England, the aesthetic principles of the Pre-Raphaelite painters were frequently echoed by photographers of the time who sought to be recognized as artists in the genre of photography
Musee d’Orsay 75007
Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 40 49 48 14

NATURE ET IDEAL : LE PAYSAGE A ROME, 1600-1650 – CARRACHE, POUSSIN, LE LORRAIN
(NATURE AND THE IDEAL: LANDSCAPE IN ROME, 1600 -1650 – CARRACHE, POUSSIN, LE LORRAIN…) – Until June 6, 2011
A major turning point in the history of painting where landscape became a genre of its own. The history of landscape painting began in Rome in the first half of the 17th century Until June 6, 2011 Closed Tuesday
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais 75008
Telephone: 01 44 13 17 17

AIME CESAIRE, LAM, PICASSO – “NOUS NOUS SOMMES TROUVES” Until June 6 Closed Tuesday
Exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the fruitful encounter between Aime Cesaire and Wifredo Lam. Also, engravings by Picasso and works by other artists influenced by the poems and writings of Cesaire
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais 75008
Telephone: 01 44 13 17 17

MIRO SCULPTEUR (Sculptor) – Until July 31
Tribute to the sculpture work of Joan Miro. His sculptures have not been shown in Paris for almost 40 years. The Musee Maillol has gathered together 101 sculptures, 22 ceramics, 19 works on paper and one painting for this show.
Until July 31
Musee Maillol – Fondation Dina Vierny 75007
Telephone: 01 42 22 59 58

VAN DONGEN. FAUVE, ANARCHISTE ET MONDAIN
The Musee d’Art moderne helps you rediscover Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968) the Dutch artist. This is a retrospective of the Dutch painter Van Dongen, a major figure in the Paris avant-garde and fauvism art scene of the 1920s.
Until July 17 Closed Monday
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 75016
Telephone: 01 53 67 40 00

Additional information about the Jacquemart-Andre Museum:
Children: Jacquemart-Andre offers the second child free admission (7-17); a free activity book for children (they wouldn’t give me one!)

Excellent restaurant/café/tea salon.  Their lunch menu includes a main course/salad/dessert. Items available a  la carte as well. For children 7-12 there is Tea-time at the museum. Check ahead to see if the events are in English.

It is unnecessary to buy an admission ticket to go to the cafe/restaurant.  July and August with children: check the Web site for events in the “Family Fun Programme“.

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  2 comments for “Paris Exhibitions of the Past

  1. November 3, 2011 at 13:00

    Hi Tari – Her jewels are traveling around the world and will be on display November 16 and 17 at Christie’s Paris (9 avenue Matignon, Paris 8th). According to a Vogue article, some of her jewelery goes on sale in December at Christie’s New York. Hours for the exhibition: 16 November 12pm – 12am and 17 November 10am – 12pm World Tour Info From the Christie’s Web site: “…This is a timed-ticketed exhibition; tickets must be purchased in advance. Admission: $30. Due to an increase in demand, the site is experiencing a high volume of activity. We thank you for your patience when trying to purchase your tickets. …”. You can buy tickets on line (or try to buy tickets).

  2. tari Pasquale
    October 27, 2011 at 23:57

    do you know anything about elizabeth taylor’s jewels on display at christies 11/16 and 17th?

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