Exhibitions at the Musée de l'Orangerie

The Musée de l'Orangerie houses the most beautiful collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

Ange Leccia - (D)’Après Monet (After Monet)

From 2 March to 5 September 2022

Exposition Ange Leccia (D') Après Monet, musée de l'Orangerie, Paris

The Musée de l’Orangerie invited the videographer Ange Leccia to create an installation as part of its Contemporary Counterpoint programme. The artist has designed a 35-minute video about Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies.

Leccia did not want to imitate the master of Impressionism or retrace the well-beaten paths at Giverny. Instead, he ventured deep into the garden of the painter’s home in the hazy light of nightfall and sunrise, when there are no visitors, to understand the many meanings of the Water Lilies.

He found himself in a cocoon-like environment, a place for introspection, where he could get as close as possible to the flowers, the water and the plants that had inspired Claude Monet. Here, he was able to get a better understanding of Monet’s approach and his influences, such as American and European abstract expression and Japanese culture.

The three screens installed at the Musée de l’Orangerie until 5 September 2022 showcase the video artist’s work as a dialogue between the painter and the nature around him, mirroring the shimmering stretches of water and drawing visitors into a colourful, moving and timeless universe that sheds light on the creation of this monumental work. 

Opening times: from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesday.

More info on the exhibition Ange Leccia. (D’) Après Monet included in the museum ticket

Sam Szafran. Obsessions of a painter

From 28 September to 16 January 2023

Affiche de l'exposition Sam Szafran, musée de l'Orangerie Paris

Almost 20 years after the last major exhibition devoted to the artist Sam Szafran (1934-2019), the Musée de l’Orangerie is paying tribute to the artist in a new temporary exhibition ‘Sam Szafran. Obsessions of a painter’.

A solitary and reserved figure, the artist developed a whole world around his daily environment: his studio, the stairs of his house, the surrounding vegetation, which he had fun creating in a series of works. As a self-taught artist, he experimented with pastels and then watercolours to develop his art.

The museum unveils sixty pieces from the series for this exhibition. These particularly figurative and poetic works offer a new look at enclosed spaces, which open up and fragment here and there. Showing from 28 September to 16 January 2023.

Opening times: from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesday. Included in the museum ticket.

The Musée de l’Orangerie, a temple of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Musée de l'Orangerie - Salle des Nymphéas, Paris © Sophie Boegly

Built in 1852 in the Jardin des Tuileries, at the western end of the terrace close to the Seine, the Orangerie was originally a greenhouse where the orange trees of the Palais des Tuileries were overwintered. In 1922, some years after the building had begun hosting popular celebrations, Georges Clémenceau, the President of the Council, suggested the Orangerie as a possible venue for the installation of a monumental artwork – his friend Claude Monet’s cycle of Water Lilies. This was the start of the museum’s Impressionist collection.

Inaugurated in 1927, the Water Lilies installation is still the focal point of the Musée de l’Orangerie. Two oval rooms representing the infinity symbol house the eight panels, two metres high and a total of ninety-one metres in length. Because of their east-west orientation, the panels benefit from the ever-changing natural light that floods the rooms from above, according to the painter’s wishes, bringing the water lilies to life and enveloping the viewer.

A shrine to impressionism and post-impressionism, the museum today also houses the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume collection comprising paintings by Henri Matisse, Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Alfred Sisley, Amadeo Modigliani and Marie Laurencin among others.

Throughout the year, it hosts temporary exhibitions, contemporary art installations, guided tours, workshops and performing arts shows.

Useful information

From 9am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesday.
 Visitors must book a time slot

Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde, Paris 1st

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