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The treasure of Notre-Dame de Paris

As restoration work on the cathedral enters its final phase, the Musée du Louvre is devoting a unique exhibition to the treasury of Notre-Dame de Paris. This treasure, which brings together the objects and priestly vestments necessary for worship, relics and reliquaries, manuscript books and other precious objects donated out of piety, will then move to the cathedral’s neo-Gothic sacristy, built by Jean-Baptiste Lassus and Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc between 1845 and 1850 to house them.

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Van Gogh at Auvers-sur-Oise, the last months

Presented at the Musée d’Orsay in autumn 2023, this will be the first exhibition devoted to the works produced by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) during the last two months of his life, at Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris. The exhibition is the culmination of years of research into this crucial phase in the artist’s life, and will enable the public to appreciate it in its true dimension.

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Exhibition on Mark Rothko

The first retrospective in France devoted to the American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) since the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1999, the exhibition presented at the Fondation from 18 October 2023 brings together some 115 works from major institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Tate in London and the Phillips Collection in Washington, as well as major international private collections, including that of the artist’s family.
The exhibition will take place throughout the Foundation, following a chronological itinerary that traces the artist’s career from his first figurative paintings to the abstraction that defines his work today.

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Exhibition on Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso

To mark the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death, the Musée du Luxembourg is staging a major exhibition on the story of the extraordinary friendship between two 20th-century icons, Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein.
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), a Jewish American immigrant, writer, poet and aesthete, moved to Paris in 1903, shortly after the arrival of Picasso, then a young artist. Their position as foreigners and their marginality underpinned their membership of the Parisian bohemian scene and their artistic freedom. Their friendship crystallised around their respective work, which was the foundation of Cubism and the pictorial and literary avant-gardes of the twentieth century. Their posterity is immense.
By examining their complicity and inventiveness, the Musée du Luxembourg exhibition will explore a century of art, poetry, music and theatre through the work of such great figures as Henri Matisse, Juan Gris, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Carl Andre, Joseph Kosuth, Hanne Darboven, Glenn Ligon, John Cage, Bob Wilson, Gary Hill and Philip Glass.

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Senghor and the Arts

A portrait of the writer, poet and statesman Léopold Sédar Senghor (1909-2001), through his cultural policy following Senegal’s independence. Senghor and the arts. Reinventing the Universal puts into perspective the thoughts and achievements in the cultural sphere of the Senegalese intellectual and statesman, President of Senegal from 1960 to 1980, Léopold Sédar Senghor (1909-2001). A pioneer of Négritude, a political and literary movement initiated with Aimé Césaire, Léon-Gontran Damas, Suzanne Césaire, Jane and Paulette Nardal, Senghor defended the idea of a civilisation of the universal, shaped by the “rendezvous of giving and receiving”. Under this metaphor of exchange, of “cultural crossbreeding”, he expressed the hope of uniting traditions and initiating “the dialogue of cultures”. By reinventing and de-Westernising the notion of the universal, he affirmed Africa’s role in writing its own history. The exhibition looks at Senegal’s cultural policy and diplomacy in the aftermath of independence, its major achievements in the visual and performing arts, but also its limitations. Senghor’s thought has not left the post-independence generations indifferent; it has been widely discussed, criticised and commented on in successive re-readings. Place: Quai Branly Jacques Chirac Museum Date: until 19 November 2023. Address : 37 Quai Jacques Chirac 75007 Paris Timing: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 7pm. Fare: €12 Transport: RER C station Pont de l’Alma Bus 42 to Tour Eiffel station. Bus 63 – 80 – 92 Bosquet Rapp station

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Notre-Dame de Paris. From builders to restorers.

On 15 April 2019, a violent fire struck the cathedral. In the wake of this disaster, a major restoration project was launched, financed thanks to the generosity of 340,000 donors from 150 countries who had been mobilised since the night of the fire. The worksite is under the responsibility of a dedicated public institution, which will be set up on 1 December 2019. The restoration project, presented in July 2020 to the Commission nationale du patrimoine et de l’architecture (National Commission for Heritage and Architecture) and unanimously approved, has chosen to remain faithful to the damaged monument and to the authenticity of the materials used. In 2024, it will return Notre-Dame Cathedral to the faithful and visitors from all over the world. An exceptional human adventure is taking place in the heart of Paris and in numerous workshops throughout France: journeymen, craftsmen, architects, engineers and researchers are all mobilised to bring the building back to life. These men and women are part of the long line of builders who have shaped the history of this world heritage site. The result of a co-production between the public body responsible for the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the project owner, and the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, this exhibition offers a privileged link with the building, which is currently inaccessible to the public. It provides an opportunity to discover the expertise of the craftsmen and artisans who are working to make the cathedral open to worship and visitors in 2024. Lastly, it provides an opportunity to highlight the ongoing and evolving techniques used on heritage sites. Date: until 01 June 2024 Venue: Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine. Address: 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre 75116 Paris. Price: €9.00 Access : Line 6 station : Trocadéro

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Free canoe and kayak trips on the Seine

The temporary nautical base on the bras Marie has just arrived and will be open until 03 September 2023. This is your chance to paddle every Sunday in a canoe or kayak on the Seine, opposite Ile Saint-Louis. It promises to be a hot summer in Paris, and there’s no better way to cool off. The Bras Marie water sports centre is the perfect place to admire the heart of the capital from a cool angle. Located opposite Ile Saint-Louis, you can take to the water every Sunday in a canoe or kayak, all free of charge. A trip along the Seine in the sunshine is a great way to (re)discover the architectural wonders of the City of Light. For unforgettable Sundays, the canoes and kayaks are available free of charge from the age of 15! Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Date: every Sunday until 03 September 2023. Location: Bras Marie water sports centre Address: 68-74 quai de la Rapée 75012 Paris Price: Free. Access: Metro line 5, Quai de la Rapée station.

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