Musée d'Orsay

The permanent collections of this museum are devoted to the art of the Western world


From 12 April to 17 July 2022

Affiche de l'exposition Gaudi, musée d'Orsay, Paris

A blockbuster exhibition devoted to the most famous Spanish architect will run from 17 July 2022 at the Musée d’Orsay.

Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) put a unique stamp on the city of Barcelona, notably through his, still unfinished, masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, but also through his atypical ‘casas’ like Battló, Mila or Güell park.

As a testament to his genius, seven of his creations are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to the hallmarks of Art Nouveau such as colour, plant and water motifs, which Antoni Gaudí mastered brilliantly, he was able to bring his own identity to each of his vibrant creations and started a veritable revolution in terms of technique and engineering. The famous Catalan modernist architect knew, before anyone else and better than anyone else, how to combine the beautiful with the practical.

Through drawings, models, furniture, films, photographs and documents, this exhibition offers an insight into the architect's creative process, and furthermore, his art is presented in the geopolitical, social, and artistic context of the time.

Opening times: from 9.30am to 6pm. From 9.30am to 9.45pm Thursday. Closed to Monday.

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Aristide Maillol (1861-1944). The Quest for Harmony

From 12 April to 21 August 2022

Monument à Cézanne d'Aristide Maillol

After the tribute to Maillol at the Musée National d'Art Moderne for the centenary of his birth, it has taken 60 years for a museum to devote a major retrospective to the great sculptor. And it is the Musée d’Orsay, whose sculpture gallery already houses several pieces by the artist, that reveals all the artist’s creative power and hidden facets to the public.

Before becoming a well-known sculptor, Aristide Maillol was a painter who also interested in the decorative arts. Throughout his career, the artist forged close ties with his peers: Gauguin, the Nabis, Maurice Denis, Rodin, and many others, who were a source of dialogue and inspiration for his creativity, like his famous patron Count Kessler, for whom he produced the sculpture ‘Méditerranée’ (‘Mediterranean’).  The latter work is one of the most characteristic of his ‘return to order’ style that portrays the beauty of the female body through simple geometric forms.

With over 200 works, including 90 sculptures, the exhibition ‘Aristide Maillol (1861-1944) The Quest for Harmony’ shows drawings, sketches, decorative arts, small sculptures and more well-known monumental pieces.

Opening times: from 9.30am to 6pm. From 9.30am to 9.45pm Thursday. Closed to Monday

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Yves Saint Laurent at the museum

From 29 January to 15 Mai 2022

Yves Saint Laurent aux musées - Musée d'Orsay - Robes devant l'horloge, Paris

Alongside five other Parisian museums, the Musée d’Orsay is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent’s first fashion show in January 1962 within its permanent collection.

In the course of the 40 years that followed and his prolific career, the French couturier made connections between the arts, breaking down barriers and blending a variety of influences and cultures.

The Yves Saint Laurent aux musées (Yves Saint Laurent at the museum) exhibition, on until 15 May 2022, pays tribute to his eclecticism. It establishes a connection between pieces from the fashion designer’s collections and the artworks at the Musée d’Orsay that inspired their creation.

The display includes gender-fluid, androgynous designs by the great couturier and pieces that reflect his passion for Proust as well as more intimate creations. 

It showcases a series of interconnections between the world of fashion and that of the arts, offering a fresh perspective on the work of Yves Saint Laurent.

Opening times: from 9.30am to 6pm. From 9.30am to 9.45pm Thursday. Closed to Monday. Included in the museum ticket.

Musée d'Orsay, art in the Western world from 1848 to 1914

Musée d'Orsay © Fotolia

The Musée d’Orsay is renowned for being one of the most beautiful museums in the world and having one of the richest collections. Situated on the left bank of the Seine opposite the Tuileries Gardens, it has not always been a museum. Built by Victor Laloux for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the building was initially a railway station before being transformed into a museum in 1986.

The permanent collections of this multidisciplinary museum are devoted to the art of the Western world – painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, architecture, and photography – from 1848 to 1914; that is a total of 6,000 works of which only 3,000 are on show to the public at any one time.

Major works include: Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Edouard Manet, La classe de danse by Edgar Degas, Des glaneuses by Jean-François Millet, the Bal du moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir, the series of Cathédrales de Rouen by Claude Monet, the Cirque by Georges Seurat, Les joueurs de carte by Paul Cézanne, Les femmes de Tahiti by Paul Gauguin, Portrait de l'artiste by Vincent van Gogh ... The Museum has one of the largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works in the world.

In addition to the permanent collections, numerous events are held throughout the year: temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures, seminars, shows ...

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From 9.30am to 6pm. From 9.30am to 9.45pm Thursday. Closed to Monday

1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7th

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