Exhibitions Showing at Orangerie Museum | Current & Upcoming Shows 2022
Home to some of the most beautiful Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks, Musée de l’Orangerie is known for being the permanent abode of artist Claude Monet’s collection of paintings known as Water Lilies. The museum also boasts a vast collection of works by artists like Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, and more.
The museum is also known for the various events and exhibitions held throughout the year. Read on to know more about the different exhibitions held at Musée de l’Orangerie.
What is Musée de l’Orangerie?
Through the 19th and 20th centuries, the site where Orangerie Museum stands served as a warehouse, military accommodation, and demonstration site for sporting and musical events before artist Claude Monet was chosen to transform the building into a museum by the government of the time.
Musée de l’Orangerie is known for housing Monet’s iconic mural ensemble of water lilies called Les Nympheas. Between 1959 and 1963, the museum also acquired the ‘Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection’. Since then, several artists like Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, and more have contributed to the art collection at the museum.
Today, Musée de l’Orangerie boasts a vast collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks that are worth a visit if you’re in Paris.Book Tickets to Musée de l'Orangerie
Why Attend an Exhibition at Musée de l’Orangerie?
- Explore an incredible and rare collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and artworks and learn more about the radical art movement.
- Gain a more in-depth understanding of the works of Impressionist painters, their lives, sources of inspiration, and more.
- Get a glimpse into the rich artistic culture of Paris.
Exhibitions at Musée de l’Orangerie 2022
Currently, there are four exhibitions showing at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
1. The Impressionist Décor – At the Sources of the Water Lilies
Dates: Until 11 July 2022
This exhibition showcases a rare collection of 80 artworks (paintings, ceramics, fans, and drawings) by renowned Impressionist artists like Renoir, Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Cassatt, Degas, Morisot, and Pissarro. Impressionism was never associated with decoration. However, Impressionist artists decided to explore and experiment with it, thereby tracing a new path in the history of Impressionism. The artworks were seen as simple decorations made to please the senses and also because, as Renoir puts it, art is made to “enliven the walls”.
2. Novo Pilota, Amedeo Modigliani and His Merchant Paul Guillaume
Dates: Until 5 September 2022
Gallery owner and collector Paul Guillaume discovered artist Amedeo Modigliani through poet Max Jacob. Novo Pilota is a series of portraits (graphic, photographic and documentary elements) of Guillaume produced by Modigliani that explore the link and the relationship the painter shared with the gallery owner.
3. Angel Leccia – (From) After Monet
Dates: Until September 5, 2022
A video arrangement designed and composed by Ange Leccia, After Monet offers a glimpse into the moving universe of Monet’s Water Lilies that had its origins in the relationship the master artist had with the garden of Giverny, light and the seasons. It also highlights the link between Monet’s work, Japanese culture, and American and European abstractions. It is a tribute to one of the most important artists of the French art scene of the time.
4. Sam Szafran
Dates: September 28 - January 16, 2023
Sam Szafran holds a place of importance in the artistic history of the 20th century. He had a very figurative and poetic-oneiric approach to reality that finds reflection in his work. A difficult childhood influenced him to focus on his own existence and inner voice, which further inspired his favorite themes. The exhibition highlights a few of his subjects (foliage, stairs, and workshops) connected to their immediate environment.
The museum has held several exhibitions over the years since it opened to the public in 1927. The most prominent ones are Painters of Reality (celebrating the works of 17th-century artists), Rubens and his Age (dedicated to Flemish artist and diplomat Sir Peter Paul Rubens), and Edgar Degas, to name a few. It has also hosted exhibitions on Impressionism and French modern art. In 1942, the museum hosted an exhibition dedicated to German architect and sculptor Arno Breker. Several masterpieces discovered in Germany after the Second World War were also displayed at the museum in 1946.
Frequently Asked Questions About Musée de l’Orangerie Exhibitions
A. Currently, there are four exhibitions showing at the Musée de l’Orangerie. They are, 'The Impressionist Décor – At the Sources of the Water Lilies', 'Sam Szafran', 'Angel Leccia – (From) After Monet', and 'Novo Pilota, Amedeo Modigliani and His Merchant Paul Guillaume'.
A. ‘The Impressionist Décor – At the Sources of the Water Lilies’ exhibition at Musée de l’Orangerie is showing till 11 July 2022.
A. You can view the ‘Novo Pilota, Amedeo Modigliani and His Merchant Paul Guillaume’ exhibition being shown at Musée de l’Orangerie until 5 September 2022.
A. You can view the ‘Angel Leccia – (From) After Monet’ exhibition at the Orangerie museum until 5 September 2022.
A. The ‘Sam Szafran’ exhibition is showing at the Orangerie museum from September 28, 2022 to January 16, 2023.
A. The Musée de l’Orangerie hosted its first exhibition in 1930.
A. Some of the most prominent exhibitions at the museum include Painters of Reality, Rubens and his Age, and Edgar Degas, to name a few.
A. The Musée de l’Orangerie is famous for its collection of Claude Monet’s paintings known as Water Lilies. The museum also consists of an incredible collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists like Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, Alfred Sisley, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, and more.