Discover all the Orsay Museum Exhibitions Taking Place in Paris in

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Located in Paris, on the left bank of the Seine river, the Orsay Museum is an art haven. It is home to mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914 and includes sculptures, furniture, and photography, in addition to paintings. The museum houses artworks on 3 different floors, with each floor dedicated to works by different artists. Aside from the permanent collection, the museum houses several temporary collections during the course of the year. This year, the museum is hosting a series of exhibitions to showcase various temporary collections. Here’s a closer look at them.

Why You Should Attend an Orsay Museum Exhibition?

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  • Learn about some incredible artists from across the world, as you visit the various exhibitions at the museum.
  • View some never seen before paintings, sculptures, and works by these eminent artists.
  • Catch rare collections of works by James McNeill Whistler, Yves Saint Laurent, Aristide Maillol, and more!
  • Delve into the lives, careers, and creative processes of these incredibly talented artists.

Orsay Museum Exhibitions 2022 | Paris

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Yves Saint Laurent in Museums

Yves Saint Laurent is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his first fashion show with an exhibition at Orsay Museum. Yves Saint Laurent showcased his first collection in 1962 at just 26 years of age and went on to become an icon in the world of fashion. 

You can see some of the most iconic designs of the couturier at the exhibition, some of which have never been seen before elsewhere. Go through the incredible and unique journey of Yves Saint Laurent and his confluence with the various artistic worlds.

Date: Until 15th May 2022

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James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), Masterpieces from the Frick Collection, New York

This collection contains works of James McNeill Whistler, one of the most renowned painters from the United States of America. Opened to the public in 1935, the Frick Collection consists of some of Whistler's best-known works. Frick bought eighteen works of Whistler, in addition to works by Rembrandt, Holbein, Gainsborough, and Van Dyck. 

One of the highlights of the exhibition is The Ocean, a landscape piece that was painted by Whistler on a trip to Chile. The collection also includes his renowned ‘Arrangements in Black’, and ‘Symphonies in White’.

Date: Until 8 May 2022

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Sophie Calle The Ghosts of Orsay

The Gare d’Orsay and its hotel were deserted in 1978. French writer Sophie Calle chose the abandoned Room 501 as her shelter. She spent several weeks here, before moving to Venice. The Ghosts of Orsay delves into the works of Sophie Calle, and you can admire the multiplicity of the forms she adopts.  

You can admire the now-defunct hotel at the exhibit, which features the ghosts of all the people and the works that have passed through it. The exhibit will allow you to relive 40 years of Sophie Calle’s work and life.

Date: 15 March 2022 to 12 June 2022

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As one of the first major exhibitions in France dedicated to Antoni Gaudi, you can see some of the artist's most spectacular creations, including sets of furniture that have never been seen before.  

The exhibition aims to show the artist’s creative process, which was in the midst of the Art Nouveau movement in Spain. Although very few of his works have survived to this day, the exhibition reconstructs the crux of Gaudi’s works - which is characterized by space and color. You can see recreations of his architectural wonders, including the Sagrada Familia, and numerous palaces, parks, and churches.

Date: 12 April 2022 to 17 July 2022

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

Aristide Maillol initially started as a painter, before turning to the decorative arts. He went on to discover sculpting in 1895, and before long became one of the most famous sculptors of his era. 

This exhibition shows some of the famed sculptor's works and allows visitors to delve into his creative process. The renowned Monument to Cezanne is one of his famous works that is presented here.

Date: 12 April 2022 to 21 August 2022

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Edvard Munch: “A poem of love, life, and death”

This exhibition is set up in conjunction with the Munch Museum of Oslo. Featured here are over a hundred works of the eminent artist, including paintings, drawings, prints, and engraved blocks. 

The works span across the entire career of the artist and offer a look at his unique creative process. Munch was known to create numerous variations of the same work, with multiple versions centered around the same subject.

Date: 20 September 2022 to 22 January 2023

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Rosa Happiness (1822-1899)

In collaboration with the Musee des Beaux-Arts, this exhibition is showcasing a major collection, showcasing Rosa Bonheur’s work and life. Rosa Bonheur was the first female artist to receive the Legion of Honor and was a true star of her time. 

The exhibition offers a look at the unknown aspects of her life, and her efforts to be a recognized artist in a patriarchal century. 200 years after her birth, Rosa Bonheur’s art continues to resonate with people across the world since her works were centered around societal issues.

Date: 18 October 2022 to 15 January 2023

How Do I Attend an Orsay Museum Exhibition?

To visit any of the Orsay Museum exhibitions, you need to buy an entrance ticket to the museum. Once you decide which exhibition you'd like to attend, you can book your ticket online. A great way to explore the museum and learn about art is to go on a guided tour. This provides for a more insightful visit to the museum.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Orsay Museum Exhibitions

Q. Are there any Orsay Museum exhibitions in 2022?

A. Yes, there are many exhibitions being held at Orsay Museum in 2022.

Q. How many Orsay Museum exhibitions are happening in 2022?

A. There are about 8 exhibitions taking place at the Orsay Museum in 2022.

Q. Can I attend the Orsay Museum exhibitions?

A. Yes, visitors can attend these Orsay exhibitions by paying an entrance fee.

Q. Are the Orsay Museum exhibitions free?

A. While the Orsay exhibitions do not require an additional fee to visit, you have to buy an entrance ticket to the museum.

Q. How do I book tickets for the Orsay Museum exhibitions?

A. Tickets to see the temporary Orsay exhibitions can be booked online.

Q. How long are the Orsay Museum exhibitions?

A. You can spend between 1 to 2 hours at an Orsay exhibition.

Q. Are the Orsay Museum exhibitions worth it?

A. The exhibitions at Orsay Museum are definitely worth it and offer some never seen before works of renowned artists from across the world.