"TRANSFORMATIONS in 2010 -2011 at Orsay ." Top 5 Page for this destination Musée d'Orsay Tip by breughel
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NEW. Since 12 October 2011 new exhibition surfaces (2000 m2) have been opened after renovation works.
Unfortunately some guards went on strike so that the Museum was closed for 6 days at the end of October!
NEW: On 9 August 2011, the Musée d'Orsay unveiled the first of its newly renovated spaces with the opening of the Post-Impressionist galleries. The rooms of the Françoise Cachin Gallery on the Level 2 have been redesigned, and now accommodate the paintings of Gauguin, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, Neo-Impressionists like Seurat and Signac, and Nabis such as Vuillard, Bonnard, Vallotton and Denis.
The years 2010 and 2011 were years of frustrations for tourists coming from far away countries. They might not have seen a number of highlights of impressionnism.
Indeed the Musée d'Orsay underwent as from 7/12/2009 till the autumn 2011, important alterations on a third of its surface.
The museum remained open but the entire 5th floor i.e. that of the impressionists and postimpressionists was closed for redecoration.
The visit started with level 0 (works of Courbet, Manet, Monet and Cezanne, sculptures and painting from the years 1850 - 1860 (Ingres, Delacroix, Degas ...) and continued to level 2 with the masterpieces of French and Belgian Art Nouveau, symbolism and Naturalism.
A large number of paintings left for exhibitions all over the world. The incomes of the world tour of the highlights of the museum of Orsay make it possible to finance the transformation. The remainder will be reframed or restored.
NEW: After the Manet special exhibition there is a new one "Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde" from 13/09/2011 to 15/01/2012.
This exhibition explores the British "aesthetic movement" from the second half of the 19th century. Admission with the museum ticket.
A point that amateurs of paintings might not like is the new interdiction of photos and films since the year 2010 (all my photos are from 2009 and before):
Hereafter the official text:
It is forbidden to take pictures and to film in the museum.
In the interests of the safety of works and visitors, and to ensure a more pleasurable visit, photography and filming are no longer allowed in the museum galleries. This measure has been introduced in view of the increased number of visitors taking photographs “at arm’s length” using mobile phones. Reproductions of most of the works in the collections can be downloaded from the website (catalogue of works, works in focus in particular).
Open: 9.30 -18 h from Monday till Sunday (21.45 h on Thursday).
Price (2012): 9 €, reduced 6,50 €, free < 18 yr or 18 - 25 yr from the EU.
Directions: Métro: line 12, Solférino station; RER: line C, Musée d'Orsay station
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