A new contemporary programming line

From the autumn of 2018, two rooms on the permanent collections level will be given over to new presentations of works, which will breathe new life into the collection and launch a specific programme of modern and contemporary art.

The documentation room, reintroduced into the visitor circuit of the permanent collections, will focus on themes or works connected to the collection. A mix of painted, sculpted and graphic works, and paper, audio and film archives.
The initial focus will be the friendship between Monet and Clemenceau, and will be presented from 12 November 2018 as part of Clemenceau commemorative year and the programme for the Centenary of the Great War.

The contemporary room is not part of the collections circuit. Its unusual funnel shape, its 50m2 display area and its great ceiling height make it very suitable for presenting one work or a group of works.
This is where a series of contemporary counterpoints to the masterpiece of the Orangerie, the Water Lilies, will be developed. Thus works will be chosen that have been inspired across a broad spectrum by this immersive, landscaped, floral and coloured, plant-covered and organic, contemplative and spiritual, light and melancholy and even unsettling installation.
Any medium may be used - painting, photography, sculpture, video, installations, etc.


Alex Katz, Homage to Monet 1, 2009
Oil on canvas. 121,92 x 243,84 cm
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London - Paris - Salzburg © Alex Katz

Richard Jackson. Paintings
6 October 2018 – 7 January 2019

Ann Veronica Janssens. Hot Pink Turquoise
23 January – 29 April 2019

Alex Katz. Water Lilies – Serie Homage to Monet, 2009-2010
May – August 2019

These contemporary notes will bring a new mood to the Musée de l’Orangerie, strengthened by a brand new programme, Dance among the Water Lilies, launched last June with a Merce Cunningham Event. There will be a monthly performance of excerpts of dances from the modern and contemporary repertoire, by leading choreographers who will make every evening a unique event.


Danseuse du Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers, répétition, mai 2018. Photo © Musée de l'Orangerie / David Jaquard-Delcourt