Paul Durand-Ruel – le pari de l'impressionnisme : an exhibition you must not miss !

The Musée du Luxembourg is currently hosting the first exhibition devoted to Art dealer and collector Paul Durand-Ruel. Presenting a tremendous selection of eighty masterpieces of impressionnism (most of which have crossed the Atlantic for the occasion!), with famous artists such as Renoir, Manet, Monnet and many others, this exhibition offers a gorgeous overview of this artistic movement, precursor of a true upheaval in Art at the turn of the XXth century. Impressionnist painting enthousiasts will enjoy this exceptional reunion of some of the greatest talents and most emblematic pieces of this period in a unique place, overlooking the Jardins du Luxembourg, right in the heart of Paris.

The Musée du Luxembourg is currently hosting the first exhibition devoted to Art dealer and collector Paul Durand-Ruel. Presenting a tremendous selection of eighty masterpieces of impressionnism (most of which have crossed the Atlantic for the occasion!), with famous artists such as Renoir, Manet, Monnet and many others, this exhibition offers a gorgeous overview of this artistic movement, precursor of a true upheaval in Art at the turn of the XXth century. Impressionnist painting enthousiasts will enjoy this exceptional reunion of some of the greatest talents and most emblematic pieces of this period in a unique place, overlooking the Jardins du Luxembourg, right in the heart of Paris.

 

Who was Paul Durand-Ruel ?

 

Major figure of the diffusion of impressionnism at the end of the XIXth century and at the turn of the XXth century, Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) was an Art lover and an « avant-gardiste » before anything else. He was perhaps the greatest Art dealer of the XIXth century, and some Art historians even consider him « the inventor of modern Art market ». At a time when the impressionnist movement is still despised as a temporary and absurd whim in the then short-sighted Art world, Paul Durand-Ruel's sharp and iconoclast eye sees in it a promising and innovative stream. Little by little, he takes on acquiring a great number of paintings by artists who are now tremendously famous such as Édouard Manet, Paul-Auguste Renoir or Claude Monnet. He is one of the only Art dealers to take this bet back then. And this bet will reveal to be a winning one for him, but also and especially for the artists he discovered and who will gain – partly thanks to his support – international fame and a major part to play in Art History.

 

Why this exhibition ?

 

We public have a relationship with Art that is almost entirely centered on the artists themselves and their work. So much so that we often forget the crucial rôle of Art dealers in the making of Art History. Opinion leaders, talents and trends discoverers, but also and most importantly broadcasters, Art dealers have, with their choices and sensitivity, constructed Art History as we know it (and still do!). However, outside of the restricted circles of the Art market professionals, they are usually in the shadow, unknown or poorly known by the public. We only discover them through a handful of exhibitions that unveil their personnal collections... or thanks to exhibitions such as the one currently presented by the Musée du Luxembourg.

 

Practical information

 

The exhibition is ongoing until Sunday, February 8th (included).

The Musée du Luxembourg is situated at 19 rue de Vaugirard - 75006 Paris.

 

Timetable

 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m to 7 p.m
Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m to 10 p.m
Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m to 8 p.m

 

Prices

 

  • Full Price : 12,00 euros

  • Reduced Price : 7,50 euros

  • Special « youngster » price : 7,50 euros from Monday to Friday, as from 5 p.m, two tickets for one for youngsters between 16 and 25

  • Free for children under 16

 

How to go from Hotel du Danube ?

 

It is only a 15-minute walk : When you get out of the hotel, take a left on rue Jacob. Then take the second street on the right (rue Bonaparte) and follow it straight ahead until you get to the Jardin du Luxembourg. You will cross the Boulevard Saint-Germain on the way, be careful not to get lost at the croosroad and follow the rue Bonaparte. Once you get to the edge of the Jardin du Luxembourg, walk left for a few meters. You have arrived to the Musée du Luxembourg !

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Protographies : Oscar Muňoz at the Jeu de Paume

If there is an exhibition that should not be missed in Paris these days, it has to be the one currently hosted by the national gallery of the Jeu de Paume (until September 21st). Entitled « Protographies », it unaffectedly broadcasts a very interesting selection of Oscar Muňoz's pieces, thus retracing forty years of a fruitful career. Unclassifiable as well as fascinating, the famous colombian artist has experimented with art forms as varied as sculpture, video, drawing, painting and installation. The « Protographies » exhibition is a plural journey through time, with a hint of nostalgia.

If there is an exhibition that should not be missed in Paris these days, it has to be the one currently hosted by the national gallery of the Jeu de Paume (until September 21st). Entitled « Protographies », it unaffectedly broadcasts a very interesting selection of Oscar Muňoz's pieces, thus retracing forty years of a fruitful career. Unclassifiable as well as fascinating, the famous colombian artist has experimented with art forms as varied as sculpture, video, drawing, painting and installation. The « Protographies » exhibition is a plural journey through time, with a hint of nostalgia.

 

With his surprising inventiveness, Oscar Muňoz seems to never be out of ideas when it comes to stage onto his work his obsession with the connection between image and memory. This interrogation is truly the thread upon which he has woven the whole of his work. Fascinated by photography and the way it gives immortality to events and people that are ephemeral per se, the artist constantly questions the ability of image to withold memory. What becomes of the latter when the first is erased ?

 

Oscar Muňoz's true strength is that he allows the spectator to wonder with him about time that passes and the erasable nature of memories, and along with them, the things that we remember. Without ever becoming morbid, the artist makes small bits of the present and the past appear and disappear : silhouettes long out of the shower, which casts persist on the plastic curtain, faces randomly taken out of obituaries that appear for just a second under a stranger's breath on a mirror, or that liquify and disappear in a siphon, only leaving behind a meaningless ink spot... Muňoz plays with the elements, and perhaps especially water, that soaks surfaces, leaks or evaporates while bringing along the reflection of anonymous faces, that immediately fall into oblivion.

 

Oscar Muňoz's work is also dwelled with Colombia's dark History, and its decades of civil war. Through his hand, the headlines of newspaper slowly disappear, and along with them, the memory of past events. « Protographies » is an intimate, fascinating and highly moving exhibition, that goes through all the themes cherished by the artist. The message that emanates from Oscar Muňoz's work is like a silent and throbbing melody. Rather than bringing lost things back to our memory, he simply manages to remind us that we forget.

 

How to go from Hotel du Danube ?

 

Take the opportunity to take a nice walk ! (walking time : approx. 25mn)

When leaving the hotel, take a left, then immediately turn left again on rue des Saints Pères. Cross the Seine by taking the Carrousel bridge (on your left) and walk to the left in the direction of place de la Concorde in the tremendous jardin des Tuileries. The Jeu de Paume is right at the end of the park, on the right.

 

Timetable and prices :

 

The museum is open on tuesdays from 11 a.m to 9 p.m and on wednesdays through sundays from 11 a.m to 7 p.m

Ticket : 10€ (reduced price : 7€50)

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Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit at the Grand Palais

Photography lovers, here is an exhibition you should not miss while you are staying in Paris ! From March 26th to July 13th, the Grand Palais is paying tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. As an unforgetable figure of the art renewal in the New York of the seventies and eighties, the american photographer who is well known for his sulphurous reputation is one of the great masters of art photography.

Photography lovers, here is an exhibition you should not miss while you are staying in Paris ! From March 26th to July 13th, the Grand Palais is paying tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. As an unforgetable figure of the art renewal in the New York of the seventies and eighties, the american photographer who is well known for his sulphurous reputation is one of the great masters of art photography. This exhibition (organized with the collaboration of the famous Mapplethorpe foundation of New York) presents over 200 of the photographer's pieces : nudes, portraits and still lives, following the blossoming of his career from the senventies to his death in 1989.

 

When thinking of Mapplethorpe's work, the first word that comes to mind is eroticism. With a peculiar and innovative approach on nude art, the artist developped a style that was both sensual and disturbing, using the camera as the media that conveyed a frontal desiring gaze at the models' bodies. At the time, his work was considered even more scandalous because a large part of his models were men. As a homosexual, Robert Mapplethorpe was indeed one of the pioneers of the erotization of the male body through photography. His work has also been thought of as disturbing because it went alongside a sulphurous and « borderline » lifestyle that he shared with artists such as William Burroughs or Andy Warhol, and that makes him one of the figureheads of the USA undergoing a sexual revolution.

 

However, rather than to exploit the sole erotic power of Robert Mapplethorpe's pieces, the Grand Palais succeeds in opening the door to a new way of looking at his work, showing its less obvious classical aspect, through an approach of the body and its aesthetic perfection that reminds a lot of sculpture. So he said « I see things as sculptures, as shapes that occupy space ». Beyond eroticism, this exhibition will allow its visitors to discover (or re-discover) an attention to details that is in fact very reminiscent of the classical tradition in Robert Mapplethorpe's work.

 

Practical information

 

Schedules :

  • Monday : 10 a.m – 8 p.m

  • Wednesday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Thursday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Friday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Saturday : 10 a.m – 10 p.m

  • Sunday : 10 a.m – 8 p.m

 

Ratings :

  • Full price : 12 €

  • Concession price : 9 € (16 to 25 years old)

  • Group : 33€ (4 people including 2 between 16 and 25 years old)

  • Combined ticket Mapplethorpe / Rodin : 16€

 

How to go from Hôtel du Danube ?

(approximated time : 25mn)

  • Walk to Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station (take a left when you get out of the hotel, then second street on the right)

  • Take metro line 4 in the direction of Porte de Clignancourt

  • Change in Châtelet for metro line 1 in the direction of La Défense

  • Get out at Champs Élysées – Clémenceau

 

If you want more :

The Rodin Museum is currently hosting a sculpture and photography exhibit that connects Robert Mapplethorpe's work with the one of sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibit will be ongoing until September 21st 2014. It is possible to buy a combined ticket for both exhibits (see above).

 

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The Legacy of Delacroix Exhibition Paris, A rare opportunity

The Legacy of Delacroix Exhibition; Masterpieces from the collection of Etienne Moreau-Nelaton can be seen at the Delacroix Museum until March 17th.The museum is located just a ten minute walk from the Hotel du Danube.

The Legacy of Delacroix Exhibition; Masterpieces from the collection of Etienne Moreau-Nelaton can be seen at the Delacroix Museum until March 17th. Due to the nature of the bequest, these particular drawings and paintings by the French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix are rarely seen in public, so this is a rare opportunity to view key works by this most influential artist. The museum is located in Delacroix’s last apartment and studio, and is just a ten minute walk from the Hotel du Danube.

The Legacy of Delacroix exhibition Paris, a glorious treat

Ferdinand Eugene Victor Delacroix (1798 to 1863) was a leading light of the French Romantics and came to inspire both the Impressionist and Symbolist movements. His work emphasised movement and a bold and vivid use of colour rather than a strictly representational approach. He invested his work with powerful emotions and occasionally violent subject matter, and seems to pulse with a barely contained energy. Perhaps his most widely known work is Liberty Leading The People, a striking image of Parisians rising up against the reign of Charles X. 

Delacroix travelled extensively in Europe, but it was the bright colours and distinctive ambience of North Africa which had a profound effect upon him. After these experiences his technique became even more free and his colours more sumptuous. He created over 9000 works over the course of his life.

The art historian and collector Etienne Moreau-Nelaton was especially enamoured of Delacroix’s work. His father had been a supporter and friend of the artist and Etienne shared his enthusiasm. He was the first to catalogue the works of the artist and later bequeathed much of his collection to French museums. The current exhibition is drawn from these bequests. 

Hotel du Danube recommends the Legacy of Delacroix exhibition Paris

The elegant and welcoming Hotel du Danube is very conveniently located for the Delacroix Museum. We would like to point out that tickets to the permanent collection at the Louvre are also valid for this museum on the same day.

Picture copyright holder: Amélie Dupont

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