Talks are regularly given in the auditorium by art historians, university lecturers and specialists in the period covered by the Museum. They are invited to speak about a theme, an artist or a movement linked with the temporary exhibition or the permanent collection.
These talks last for about one hour, and at the end, visitors have the opportunity to discuss the subject in question with the lecturer.
For visitors interested in broadening their knowledge of a particular historical period, artist or movement, the Musée de l'Orangerie has collaborated with the Musée d'Orsay to hold study days on a variety of subjects linked to the collections and temporary exhibition. University lecturers and art historians invite the public to reflect on the place and reception of an artist in society. These events also look at current research and recent scientific publications.
Readings are held twice a year, accompanying the temporary exhibitions, and highlighting the relevance of a variety of literary texts (novels, poetry, theatre, letters) within the context of an art movement or artist from the same era. Outside the normal Museum hours, and in the midst of the collections, the public can enjoy listening to the texts of the great writers of the 20th century, performed by talented actors.
Theatre / Performances
In the galleries exhibiting the Water Lilies, the Walter-Guillaume Collection and the temporary exhibitions, theatrical, visual and dance performances offer an alternative interaction with the artworks through an interplay of other art forms.
The Museum offers both performers and visitors a special, shared experience in a privileged setting: a different way of discovering the art of the 20th century.
Throughout the year, usually on the last Friday of the month, there are rendez-vous for concerts devoted to the music of the 20th century. Piano concertos and jazz concerts are performed in the galleries. Thus, the Museum immerses the viewer in a complete artistic experience, providing an opportunity to listen to music amidst the artworks.
In order to become better acquainted with artists whose works are exhibited in other museums, a series of tours and one day visits, led by a National Museums guide, will enable visitors to discover other locations. Monographic and thematic tours reveal the wealth and variety of artistic production through the collections of museums in Paris and the Île de France.
Encounters / Discussions
The Musée de l'Orangerie invites well-known figures from the arts to give talks in front of artworks from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Contemporary visual artists, writers, film makers and composers share their passion for the artists in the collection and talk about how they found, in these masterpieces, sources of inspiration for their own creations.