American Painting in the 1930s / Uprisings
Comparative tour: Musée de l'Orangerie - Jeu de Paume
10 December 2016
14h30 to 18h00
Jeu de Paume, Paris

For their autumn exhibitions the Orangerie and Jeu de Paume are jointly organising a new event over three Saturdays, offering visitors a fresh approach to these two emblematic institutions in the Jardin des Tuileries and the links between them.


Twins in the Jardin des Tuileries
A shared history, but individual destinies

The triangular terraces built by Le Nôtre constitute the two right-angled foundations on which the Orangerie and Jeu de Paume were built. In 1909 the Jeu de Paume became a gallery for exhibiting artworks and then, in 1922, was made into an annexe of the Musée du Luxembourg for presenting contemporary foreign schools. In the same year, with the formal confirmation of Claude Monet’s donation to the French state of his monumental ensemble of Water Lilies, work began in the Orangerie to create a special space for their installation.

Today, the Musée de l’Orangerie is an outstanding museum for the art of the early 20th century and the Jeu de Paume is an art centre renowned for its coverage of photography and the image in the 20th and 21st centuries. The dialogue between these two institutions and their programmes is continuing and developing in new directions in accordance with the changing relationships between painting and photography in today’s art.


“American Painting in the 1930s” / “Uprisings”
Two interrelated exhibitions.

Shaped by the stock market crash of 1929 and, above all, the economic depression that followed, the 1930s were a period of intense contestation in the United States. Waves of strikes, powerful popular feelings of anxiety and anger, and highly contrasting forms of artistic expression were all reflected in American painting, the concerns of which can be extended by exploring the “uprisings” at Jeu de Paume. The themes of national pride, faith in the future and revolt at the abuses and excess of an age corroded by inequalities and discrimination, as evoked in “La Peinture américaine des années 1930,” resonate with the key themes of the exhibition “Soulèvements”: collective emotions, political events, demonstrating and combative crowds. The artists featured in these two exhibitions evince an intense and very new desire to express a grave and disturbing reality, as well as hope for a better future.

To take the experience of “Soulèvement”s further, the site soulevements.jeudepaume.org presents a sequence of images enriched by numerous educational and cultural resources along with a map of uprisings, drawn up with the free cooperation of over twenty partner institutions.
With “La Peinture américaine des années 1930” the Musée de l’Orangerie offers its vision of uprisings on: soulevements.jeudepaume.org/cartographie



Tours Saturday 10 December 2016 at 2.30 pm.
Meet at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
Commentaries by national museum and Jeu de Paume lecturers.
Total duration of the comparative tour: 3.5 hours.
Price: 18.50 euros / Concessions: 13.50 for Jeu de Paume/Orangerie members and visitors aged under 26).

Reservations, Musée de l’ Orangerie: 01 44 50 43 01 / information@musee-orangerie.fr

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