Jeu de Paume - Musée de l'Orangerie
Gordon Matta-Clark – Water Lilies joint exhibition tour
16 June 2018
14h30 to 17h30
Concorde, Paris

Jeu de Paume and the Musée de l’Orangerie are continuing their partnership in the form of combined exhibition visits, providing a novel way to discover these two emblematic institutions of the Tuileries Gardens and the connections between them.


Twins in the Tuileries:
common origins, different destinies

The triangular terraces created by Le Nôtre form the right-angled bases on which stand the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume. In 1909, the Jeu de Paume became an exhibition gallery and then, in 1922, it was made an annex of the Musée du Luxembourg for the exhibition of foreign contemporary art. Also in 1922, the formalisation of Claude Monet’s gift to the French state of his monumental Water Lily paintings saw the beginning of work at the Orangerie on a permanent structure to display this ensemble.
Today the Musée de l’Orangerie is an outstanding venue for the art of the early 20th century, while the Jeu de Paume has become a major centre for lens-based art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The two institutions continue to dialogue through their programming and in the exchanges between painting and photography that are one of the drivers of developments in modern art.


“The Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the last Monet” at the Musée de l'Orangerie
In 1955, Alfred Barr acquired a large panel of Water Lilies by Monet for MoMA in New York. This was when the “grandes décorations” that had remained in the artist’s studio in Giverny when he died were beginning to interest collectors and museums. Monet was now seen as a “a bridge between the naturalism of early Impressionism and the most advanced contemporary school of abstraction” in New York, and his Water Lilies were being reconsidered in the light of Jackson Pollock’s paintings. This precise moment, that of the rediscovery of the “grandes décorations” by the master of Giverny and the triumph of the New York School of abstraction, and the links between the two, is the focus of the exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie. It features a selection of late works by Monet and a score of major canvases by American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey, Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Ellsworth Kelly.


“Gordon Matta-Clark. Anarchitect” at Jeu de Paume
Gordon Matta-Clark moved to New York in the late 1960s and started making site-specific works that seemed to be about anatomising the very body of the urban landscape. He quite literally cut through and dismantled the structures of buildings, exhibiting their innards as a form of evidence. In this work Matta-Clark was also responding to the growing artistic trend of interaction with public space, as evinced by graffiti. Although this latter practice can be traced back to Antiquity, it was only after the Second World War that graffiti became a global phenomenon.
Bringing together some hundred works by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), the exhibition explores the importance of the artist’s work in relation to the reassessment of architecture after modernism. Covering a wide range of mediums – photography, film and prints –, the exhibition features works that, by virtue of their connection with contemporary urban culture, shed light on the context of this artist’s fascinating critique of urban development.



Saturday 16 June at 2.30 pm.
Tour starts at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
With commentaries by national museum lecturers and Jeu de Paume staff. Total duration of twin museum tour: 3 hours (including a break and the walk across the Tuileries Garden).

Admission: 18.50 euros / Concessions: 13.50 euros for members of either institution and visitors under 26).
Reservation from the Musée de l'Orangerie: information@musee-orangerie.fr / 01 44 50 43 01

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