ON THE TRAIL OF THE BLUE RIDER
2018 has drawn to a close. The Musée de l’Orangerie recorded its highest ever visitors numbers, crossing the symbolic threshold of one million visitors who came to marvel at the collection and admire the two exhibitions, Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the Last Monet and The Cruel Stories of Paula Rego, as well as the contemporary counterpoints Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Jackson.
The move towards the modern and the contemporary that has been such as success among our audience will continue in 2019. Spring will focus on colour and expressionism.
The minimal light installation by Ann-Veronika Janssens, Hot Pink Turquoise offers a playful and poetic interpretation of Monet’s masterpiece, the Water Lilies.
The exhibition Franz Marc/August Macke. The Adventure of the Blue Rider, focusing on two expressionist artists who play with colour, will be presented in March for the first time in France. Killed on the front in the First World War, these two major figures of German painting have found the ideal venue at the Orangerie to receive the tribute they deserve - that of Monet’s monument to peace and of a collection designed under the auspices of the Orphism poet Apollinaire. Thanks to the partnership with the Neue Galerie New York, an ensemble of stunning paintings has been compiled under the theme of Der Blaue Reiter Almanach [The Blue Rider Almanac] produced with Kandinsky.
Other events run in conjunction with the exhibition will include a cycle of German expressionist films, a Discovery Evening, and a young visitors’ evening, all based on the Blue Rider.
The Dance among the Water Lilies cycle will continue in resonance with the exhibitions: on 18 March, Fabian Barba will reinterpret the dances of the famous German expressionist choreographer, Mary Wigman. On 15 April, the Ballet de Lorraine will perform L’envers, a free-form choreography styled after German choreographer Oskar Schlemmer who revolutionised dance in 1922 with his Triadic Ballet.
We hope this new season will incite wonder, inspiration, contemplation and joy among all our visitors.
Cécile Debray, director of the Musée de l'Orangerie