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Pompidou Center

New presentation of the Pompidou collection of modern art 1906 to 1960.

To mark its 30th anniversary, the Pompidou Center presents anew its permanent collection of modern art, including some 1300 art works and 500 publications. The aim of the exhibition is to present a more complete view of the works of artists of the first half of the 20th century, enriched by new acquisitions while taking advantage of the museum’s specialization of in-depth monographs. The collection, based on important donations of the 1960’s by the artists and their families, has been considerably enriched during the past 30 years and currently comprises works by Kandinsky, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Rouault, Giacometti, Miró, Dubuffet and Hantaï. Other art forms are also an important part of the overall collection, with sections dedicated to Man Ray, Moholy Nagy, Brassaï for photography and to Chareau and Prouvé for architecture and design. Contrary to the recent thematic exhibitions, the current exhibition is chronologically oriented and thus every dedicated section is built around the personality of each artist (e.g. works by André Breton are hung in the same order they were found on the walls of his studio in rue Fontaine).  The same spirit is recreated of artists' exhibitions in famous galleries such as the Maeght Gallery, of an art movement such as the Bauhaus, or a significant event such as the ‘Exposition 1937’. To complete this multifaceted insight into the art world of the period, 500 publications are thematically, displayed picked mostly from Kandinsky’s library of the epoch’s periodicals.

Centre Pompidou

19 rue Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4th
Metro: Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville
RER: Châtelet-Les Halles
Open: every day 11:00 to 21:00 (tickets until 20:00)
Closed Tuesdays & 1st May
Price: 5.50 - 10 Euros
The Atelier Brancusi: from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (except Tuesdays)
Phone: 01 44 78 12 33

Orangerie Museum

Orangerie, 1934 - The Painters of Reality

The recently renovated Orangerie Museum re-invents one of its most famous and significant exhibitions of the past, originally organized in 1934 by Paul Jamot and Charles Sterling.  Entitled ‘The Painters of Reality in 17th Century France, the original exhibition profoundly changed the general perception about 17th century art. 
The 1934 exhibition has been totally recomposed and the vast choice of the original 17th century paintings has been reconstituted, bringing together some 70 paintings by Georges de La Tour, the Le Nain brothers, and other realistic painters of the epoch such as Valentin, Tournier, Bourdon, Rivalz as well as those specialized in still-life such as Baugin and Linard, and even some extraordinary and unusual works by Poussin and Claude Gellée.
The 1934 exhibition is also put into its political and intellectual perspective with important and substantial documentation.
In addition, a separate section is dedicated to works by painters of the early 20th century, amongst whom Maurice Denis, Picasso, Léger, Magritte, Balthus, Hélion and other 1930’s artists, all with surprising affinities mirroring those of the 17th century realists. 

Musée de l’Orangerie

Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris
Metro: Concorde
Open: every day 9:00 to12:30 for groups with reservation
12:30 to 19:00, Fridays until 21:00
Closed Tuesdays, 1st May & 25th December
Price: 6.50 Euros
Phone: 01 44 77 80 07
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