The Musée d’Orsay gets a makeover before reopening

Published by Elodie D. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 7 December 2020 at 11h02
Paris Musée d’Orsay underwent a makeover during the second nationwide lockdown. New layout of the rooms, paintings, cleaning of the works of art, installation of the “Origins of the World” exhibition, the museum devoted to impressionism made the best of this period without crowds to make sure it will be all nice and clean for its reopening. To see from December 15, 2020.

The musée d'Orsay has been one of the first museums to officially announced its reopening for December 15, 2020. Featuring an incredible art collection from the 18th and 19th centuries and exhibitions gathering masterpieces from all over the world, the museum is one of the most iconic in Paris. 3.65 million visits in 2019, a record for this former railway station!

In 2002, coronavirus changed the many habits of the museum’s staff. Limited number of visitors, arrowed way to avoid passing by people who get in or out, mandatory facemask, as well as works, made possible during the second nationwide lockdown.

Le Parisien newspaper shares fun facts. The most fragile works of art have had to be protected from the sun wrapped in brown paper, Degas’ opera paintings have been moved and replaced by a Caillebotte collection, walls have been repainted, marbles and sculptures of the Grande Nef have been cleaned up… This work is usually made on Mondays – the only closing day of the museum. Four weeks enables to go ahead in the restoration and renovation works, as well as a big work to reorganize Musée d’Orsay’s exhibitions.

The major exhibition – The Origins of the World – devoted to the invention of nature in the century of Darwin was to start in September, and then in November. It will ultimately open on December 15, 2020 and run until May 2, 2021 instead of February 14. But works – so being lent by major institutions – are expected elsewhere. The Musée d’Orsay has had to negotiate a longer loan, naming 80 official letters to write – according to head of exhibition project Elise Bauduin. Exhibitions devoted to Leon Spilliaert, Aubrey Beardsley and Girault de Prangey have also been altered to a lesser extent.

In other words, now you know everything about the reopening of the Musée d’Orsay. You only have to book and go there to admire the museum’s latest temporary and permanent collections!

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