Musée du Luxembourg is an art museum founded in 1750. Originally it was located in the east wing of the Luxembourg Palace and was holding a decent collection of Old Master works: twenty-four paintings by Rubens and around a hundred paintings from the Royal collection (Cabinet du Roi) by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Veronese, Titian, Poussin, Van Dyck and Rembrandt. In 1818 Musée du Luxembourg became the first museum of contemporary art – “museum for living artists” such as David, Ingres and Delacroix. In 1884 the museum moved into its current building, the former orangery of the Palace. The first Impressionist exhibition (by the way, Ernest Hemingway also went there to appreciate works of the Impressionists before visiting Gertude Stein in 1921, mentioned in A Moveable Feast) took place here comprising works by Pissarro, Manet, Cézanne, Sisley, Monet, Renoir.
The museum was closed and reopened several times. Much of the work first shown here nowadays has found its way into other museums of Paris: Jeu de Paume, Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Musée d’Orsay. Today Musée du Luxembourg is a part of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux and is used for temporary exhibitions.
Chefs-d’œuvre de Budapest
Dürer, Greco, Tiepolo, Manet, Rippl-Rónai…
9 March – 10 July 2016
The Musée du Luxembourg is hosting the masterpieces of the museums of Budapest. The famous Museum of Fine Art (Szépművészeti Múzeum), currently being renovated, joins the Hungarian National Gallery to present the gems of their collections in Paris, from mediaeval sculpture to symbolism and expressionism. The exhibition brings together eighty paintings, drawings and sculptures by Dürer, Cranach, El Greco, Goya, Manet, Gauguin and Kokoschka and ten emblematic works of Hungarian art with an unexpected perspective on European art.
Exhibition organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, the Budapest Museum of Fine Art and the Hungarian National Gallery.
The exhibition is definitely worth seeing – it is composed in a brilliant way and makes you feel like on an exciting art journey from the end of the Middle Ages and the German renaissance to the Dutch Golden Age, new styles, symbolism and modernity.
Lifehack! 16-25 year-olds: €7.50 from Monday to Friday from 5pm, two entries for the price of one.