Museums Night 2022 at the Musée d’Orsay: a festive and free late-night opening

Published by Cécile D., Elodie D. · Published on 11 May 2022 at 18h41
The Musée d’Orsay takes part in the Museums Night on Saturday May 14, 2022, for a uncommon and playful nighttime tour focusing on the temporary exhibition devoted to Aristide Maillol.

Among the greatest museums in the city, there is the Musée d’Orsay at the top, set by the Seine in Paris 7th arrondissement. A magnificent museum you can visit for free and without prior booking this Saturday May 14, 2022, for the 18th edition of Museums Night.

For this special event, the Musée d'Orsay invites you to discover Aristide Maillol's sculptures in a festive ambiance, hosted by lecturers, curators, plastic artists and even living models.

IN addition to these entertainments, make the most of the museum's temporary collections. Among the masterpieces displayed at the museum, L'Origine du Monde (1866) by Gustave Courbet, Emile Zola (1868) by Edouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863) by Edouart Manet, the Autoportrait (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh, the Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (1865-1881) by Edgar Degas, Les Raboteurs de Parquet (1875) by Gustave Caillebotte.

On the menu of Museums Night 2012 at the Musée d'Orsay:

Floor 0 | Central aisle from 6:30 p.m.
From the scandalous "Woman Bitten by a Serpent" by Auguste Clésinger to "La Danse" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux that deserted the façade of the Opéra and ended up in the Musée d'Orsay, discover sculptures in a new light thanks to uncommon mediations...

  • "Woman Bitten by a Serpent" by Auguste Clésinger, 1847
  • "Sapho" by James Pradier, 1852
  • "Eve après le Péché" by Eugène Delaplanche, 1869
  • "Hébé endormie" by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, 1869
  • "Les Quatre Parties du monde soutenant la sphère céleste" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1872
  • "La Danse" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1869

Introduction to drawing according to the living model
Floor 0 | Espace Opéra at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Like in a sculptor studio, two professional models, inspired by the museum's sculptures, pose for a quick sketching session, supervised by a plastic artist.
Duration time: 20 minutes (limited to 30 participants / gear supplied by the museum).

Presentation of works by Maillol, Rodin, Bourdelle and Pompon
Floor 0 from 6:30 p.m.
Maillol's art is actually not as simple or classic as it looks, and is presented by curators thanks to two pieces that exceptionally left the Tuileries garden to be displayed at the Musée d'Orsay:

  • "L'action enchaînée", 1905-1908: central aisle of sculptures
  • "Les Nymphes de la prairie", 1930: in front of the entrance to the "Aristide Maillol (1861-1944). La Quête de l'harmonie" exhibition.

Level 2 | Terrasse des sculptures 1880-1900 from 6:30 p.m.
Maillol's art is facing the art of some of his peers through the following pieces:

  • Auguste Rodin, "Ugolin", between 1882 and 1906
  • Antoine Bourdelle, "Héraklès tue les oiseaux du lac Stymphale", 1909
  • François Pompon, "Ours Blanc", between 1923 and 1933

Here is a fabulous program you do not want to miss. Please note the Musée d'Orsay is a very coveted museum in the city and several thousands of people will rush there for Museums Night, so, do not hesitate as soon as you can to make the most of the night.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 14 May 2022
From 6 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.



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