As of 4 September 2019, the Musée de l’Orangerie will be undertaking renovation works in the galleries presenting the Walter-Guillaume collection. The reopening of these rooms will be on 16 September 2020.
A new display
The collections of the Musée de l’Orangerie retrace certain unique facets of 20th century art, from the large-scale Water Lilies decoration by Claude Monet, the ultimate and founding masterpiece of abstraction and immersive works, to the painting collection of Paul Guillaume and Domenica Walter, characterised by the tension between modernity and figuration, from Renoir to Matisse, from Cézanne to Picasso, from Douanier Rousseau to Modigliani and Soutine.
The new presentation of the Musée de l’Orangerie collections, in renovated spaces, will create a closer connection between the two parts of the collection – Water Lilies / École de Paris [School of Paris] in the early 20th century – with an elegant spatial and visual coherence within the building and a fluid, educational and stimulating visitor circuit. The visit will begin with a striking entrance to the collections with a large polyptychs by Joan Mitchell (loan from the Musée national d’Art moderne) on the one hand, and large-scale works by the modern "primitives” - Picasso, Douanier Rousseau, Derain, Modigliani, Matisse, etc. on the other - based on the vision of the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. The monographic galleries will give the public a new, more up-close and comfortable perspective of the works. The exceptional loan of a set of African and Oceanian sculptures, previously in the Paul Guillaume collection, by the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, as well as several drawings and archives, will further enhance the itinerary. The two new galleries - one dedicated to close-ups of the collection (three per year) and the other to contemporary counterpoints to the Water Lilies - will contribute to the dynamism and constant renewal of this prestigious collection.
Photo © Musée de l'Orangerie / Sophie Crépy