Housed in a train station built for the 1900 World's Fair, the Musée d'Orsay is known throughout the world for its rich collection of Impressionist paintings including masterpieces as iconic as the Bal au Moulin de la galette from Renoir or The room at Arles de Van Gogh. Its collections include works of architecture, decorative arts and photography in addition to traditional artistic fields (painting, sculpture, graphic arts). They thus draw a broad panorama of French and European art from 1848 to 1914.

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Swiss Modernity (1890-1914)

2 March 2021 27 June 2021
At the end of the 19th century, the art scene in Switzerland was of great vitality. Around the end of the 1890s, a generation of painters, such as Cuno Amiet, Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti, Felix Vallotton, Ernest Bieler and Max Buri, who profoundly renewed the art of their time. Trained in France, Germany or Italy for some of them, in connection with the European avant-garde, they explored the expressive, symbolic...

The Origins of the World

15 December 2020 2 May 2021
In the second half of the 19th century, Darwin and his followers, such as Haeckel in Germany, questioned the origins of man, his place in Nature, his relationship with animals and his own animality in a world now understood as an ecosystem....

This upheaval in the sciences, as well as the public debates that have taken place throughout the century, have had a profound influence on artists. The iconography of the monkey reflects the embarrassment in front of our ape ancestors and the fantastical quest for the "missing link". The symbolist aesthetics of metamorphosis is populated by monsters and hybrids, centaurs, minotaurs, mermaids and other chimeras. With Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur, Nature becomes an artist

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