Wild Souls, Symbolism in the Baltic States at the Musée d’Orsay

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 20 March 2018 at 11h51 · Updated on 8 April 2018 at 11h45
It’s been 100 years since the Baltic States became independent. To celebrate this anniversary, from April 10 to July 15, 2018, the Musée d’Orsay devotes an exhibition to art in the Baltic countries, from 1890 to 1930. Speaking about the folklore and local legends first, the Baltic art will then move to symbolism at the time of the independence. Don’t miss it!

The Wild Souls, Symbolism in the Baltic States exhibition displayed at the Musée d’Orsay from April 10 to July 15, 2018, is one of the first events celebrating the centenary of the independence of the Baltic States.

Gathering about 130 works, including many unknown works, the Musée d’Orsay promotes the themed used by Baltic artists of the early 20th century: myths, soul and nature.

We discover how artists used popular culture and Baltic landscapes to hail or criticize the independence of their country. Some artists are romantic, hearing oral legends to immortalize them on paper (Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, Kalevipoeg) and popular music (Ciurlionis).

Then, while European countries change with town planning, artists throw themselves into a great project: immortalizing Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian landscapes, their vast virgin areas, the superhuman strengths of natural phenomena as well as nature changing with seasons!

Finally, Baltic symbolism would be nothing without researching about the Soul, a major theme between 1890 and 1920, with the advent of the psychoanalysis: in the Musée d’Orsay rooms, a cabinet of graphic art entitled “Tourments de l’âme” will emphasize the violent aspects proper to some symbolistic figurations.

Please note that a Baltic festival will be held from May 22 to 29, 2018, a festival thought up like a great public event with concerts, lectures, conferences and movie screenings to better understand life in the Baltic States at their independence.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 10 April 2018 to 15 July 2018



    62 rue de Lille
    75007 Paris 7

    -26 ans, chômeurs, handicapés: Free
    tarif réduit (jeunes, nocturne): €9
    tarif plein: €12

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    For all

    Average duration
    2 h

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    Horaires : 9h30-18h du mardi au dimanche, nocturne jeudis jusque 21h30

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