Musée de l’Oranger

Musée de l’Orangerie
Musée de l’Orangerie, photo by Lilian Lau, of

Now that’s a great photo, no? Lilian Lau is a jack of many trades: from a post-doc science researcher to a wonderful travel writer (links to a sampling are below). After first meeting her at last January’s THATd’Or (created in conjunction with the AFMO), Lilian generously put me in touch with Camille Breton, of Science Académie, for whom I built the Arts + Sciences hunt. Since then we’ve been having lovely lingering lunches between her globetrotting flights. Here she picks up on the Museum Musings (which I had initially intended to be a “monthly” museum musing, but alas time has required that first M to be dropped!). Without further ado:

Musée de l’Orangerie

Nestled in the Jardin des Tuileries and perched to overlook Place de la Concorde, Musée de l’Orangerie feels more like a large art gallery instead of a museum. It famously houses eight large Monet’s Nymphéas (the waterlilies) canvases mounted directly into the wall of specially designed infinity-shaped rooms – with input from Monet himself – that incorporates plenty of natural light and minimal interior decoration. The paintings are presented in a manner to evoke the times of the day from sunrise in the east to sunset in the west.

The Walter-Guillaume Collection in the lower gallery consists of paintings by Cézanne, Renoir, Laurencin, Modigliani, Rousseau, Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Soutine and Utrillo. This collection of early 20th century artwork started by the art dealer Paul Guillaume was originally intended for a project of museum of modern art, but he died before he realised this ambition of his. His wife Domenica Walter modified the collection and refocussed it to the theme of modern classicism and impressionism. She bequeathed the collection to the State upon her death.

The temporary exhibition room typically hosts a couple of exhibitions per year. Past exhibitions include those of Italian impressionism, orders in chaos of Chaïm Soutine, music and art of Debussy, Spanish symbolism and post-impressionism, and retrospective of Gino Severini.

Musée de l’Orangerie
Musée de l’Orangerie, photo by Lilian Lau, of

In the neighbourhood? It is situated within the Jardin des Tuileries and the building is a “twin” to the Jeu de Paume, a national gallery that hosts comtemporary photography and media exhibitions.  The monstrous Louvre (have you sign up for a THATMuse hunt yet?) and Musée d’Orsay, as well as two of the five royal squares – Place Vendôme and Place de la Concorde – are all within mere minutes walking distance away.

The famous salon du thé of Angelina (226, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris) is the place to go for hot chocolate and Mont Blanc, while delicious macarons and chocolate can also be picked up at Pierre Hermé (4, rue Cambon, 75001 Paris). The French concept store Colette (213, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris) and the English bookstore WHSmith (248, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris) are just around the corner.

 Musee de l’Orangerie
Musée de l’Orangerie, photo by Lilian Lau, of

What’s on now? There is no current exhibition.

What’s on Next? “Tokyo-Paris Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art, Collection Ishibashi Foundation”: Masterpieces from the collection at the Bridgestone Museum (5 April 2017 – 21 August 2017).

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Mademoiselle Georgette Charpentier assise
Musee de l’Orangerie, photo by Lilian Lau, of

Logistics Details: Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris


Metro: Concorde (Lines 1, 8 and 12)

Hours: Open daily except Tuesday, 9am – 6pm; last admission 5.15pm, rooms cleared at 5.45pm

Prices: Adults €9, concessions €6.50, additional charges for some temporary exhibitions; free first Sunday of the month; free for under 18s, under 26s citizens/residents of the EU, and disabled people and an accompanying person; Musée d’Orsay-Musée de l’Orangerie passport €16.00

 Musée de l’Orangerie
Musée de l’Orangerie, photo by Lilian Lau, of

Thanks, Lilian, for such a great piece!Lilian Lau can also be found on her blog, Lil & Destinations, where she posts phenomenal weekly photographs (a series called Project 365), as well as writing in her clean, informative prose on all sorts of travel – most recently Bali, but in the past Greece, Dubai (where she worked), Dublin (her former home), Paris (her current home) as well as more rural places in France such as the Morbihan or Amiens. You can also find her on Twitter @LilianLau

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