Curieuse nocturne impressionniste: a festive, artistic evening at the Musée d'Orsay

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Laurent de Sortiraparis · Published on May 10th, 2024 at 04:56 p.m.
Get out the candles, the Musée d'Orsay is celebrating a very special anniversary! To mark the 150th anniversary of Impressionism, and in parallel with the dedicated exhibition, the museum is organizing a Curieuse nocturne on May 16, 2024.

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But a simple exhibition isn't enough for a birthday party. A real party is called for! The museum is organizing a Curieuse nocturne on Thursday, May 16, 2024, starting at 6:30pm.

For one evening, the Musée d'Orsay transforms itself into a performance space, hosting immersive artistic performances and musical moments, hosted by a variety of contemporary artists. The young creators draw inspiration from the artists exhibited in the museum's collections, creating an intergenerational dialogue that offers a fresh look at masterpieces we thought we knew by heart.

This Thursday evening, the Nave of the Musée d'Orsay welcomes a number of groups and artists. The mood will be set by the Ensemble /K/inêtikos dance and performance art troupe, but that's not all! A variety of artists have been invited for this exceptional cultural evening, giving us the opportunity to enjoy this not-to-be-missed institution in a different way.

Detailed program of the evening:

  • Exhibition by students from the École Émile Cohl
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Salle des Fêtes level 2
    Mapping, matte painting, oil and pastel paintings, caricatures, landscape engravings: students from the École Émile Cohl celebrate Impressionism in the Salle des Fêtes. They will also be putting on a drawing performance combining various techniques.
  • Performance "BEFORE"
    7:00 pm - 7:10 pm
    Museum Nave
    A dance creation produced as part of the Paris Opera's DMEO (Dix Mois d'École et d'Opéra) program. For a few minutes, students from the Lycée Professionnel Jacques Monod (Paris 2e) take over the nave of the Musée d'Orsay, charging it with their bodies in motion.
  • DJ set
    Café Campana
    Between techno, trance and hyperpop, DJ Mila Dietrich passionately defends the abolition of boundaries between genres. Program in partnership with Les Guinguettes Rosa Bonheur.
  • Rencontre inspirante
    Auditorium level - 2
    "Profession: creator of art history content" with Christopher Michaut / Mr. Bacchus and Sarah Belmont from Parisien magazine Beaux & Arts Cie.
  • Excerpt from the show Réciprocals, abstract paintings in motion
    8:30 pm - 8:50 pm and 9:20 pm - 9:50 pm
    Nave of the museum
    Réciprocals is a performative and immersive work created by the ensemble /K/inêtikos in collaboration with visual artist Bernard Bousquet, where improvisation is the driving force behind the performance, provoking wild and free impromptu moments, sometimes grotesque, sometimes sublime. It's a journey through sensations, colors, qualities and improbable body dynamics.

Join the party and celebrate Impressionism at the Musée d'Orsay's Curieuse nocturne in May.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On May 16th, 2024
Starts at 06:30 p.m.

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