As summer approaches, the Musée de l’Orangerie is hosting readings and dialogues on Monet’s Water Lilies. The American painter Alex Katz pays tribute with his own dark and concise water landscapes, superb mirages that range from Impressionism to Pop’art.
As part of the ManiFeste 2019 festival, in partnership with the IRCAM and ProQuartet, Kaija Saariaho’s work Nymphea [Water Lily] for string quarter and electronics, will be played by the Quatuor Béla against the stunning backdrop of Monet’s Water Lilies on 20 June. "The symmetric structure of a water lily, yielding as it floats on the water, transforming. Different interpretations of the same image in different dimensions; a one-dimensional surface with its colours, shapes, and, on the other hand, different materials that can be sensed, forms, dimensions”... such are the inspirations behind this piece of music. The following day, the Fête de la musique and the arrival of summer will be celebrated by four young string quartets performing electronic-acoustic music. This theme of mirroring is continued with Une œuvre un regard, a series of video interviews published online, notably featuring the artists Claire Tabouret and Alex Katz who provide their commentary on the Water Lilies, in situ.
The Musée de l’Orangerie puts children in the spotlight. Children can study, copy and question the colourful paintings by Franz Marc and August Macke thanks to the exhibition leaflet. A website, Les petits M’O, is also dedicated to children to help them make their way around the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie thanks to the two mascots, Pompon the bear and Lily the frog. This summer, Le Repaire de Lily [Lily’s Lair], a "creative lab" dedicated to children aged 6-12, will be running free activities to encourage children to unravel their imagination by taking part in writing workshops, a large-scale collective fresco, or by cosying up in a reading corner… A film cycle, Les Animaginaires de Lily [Lily’s Animagination], will also be screened.
Autumn will bring with it a metamorphosis of the museum collections. To coincide with the exhibition Félix Fénéon.The Modern Times, a captivating portrait of a libertarian, the inventor of Seurat and advocate of African art, Italian Futurists and Matisse, the galleries dedicated to the works in the Walter Guillaume collection will be renovated to accommodate a new display at the end of March.
Alongside Félix Fénéon, contemporary counterpoints, the events as part of the Nuit Blanche festival and the FIAC international art fair and the Dance among the Water Lilies cycle will continue to bring the Musée de l’Orangerie to life.

Have a great summer!

Cécile Debray, director of the Musée de l'Orangerie