Things to do currently in Paris are many, varied and, above all, of superlative quality. You can choose amongst the numerous fascinating exhibition options on offer. One of these in particular, which we at the Hotel Britannique recommend, is Les Impressionnistes en Privé, at the Marmottan Monet Museum until July 6th. This collection of masterpieces is rarely, if ever, on public view. And to live an evening as enthralling as your visit to the Marmottan Museum, why not enjoying fabulous concerts by some of the world’s foremost performers at L’Olympia music hall ?
Les Impressionnistes en Privé, private collections on show at the Marmottan Monet Museum
A former hunting lodge which was opened to the public as a museum in 1934, and now the home of the world’s largest Claude Monet collection, the Marmottan Monet celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. To mark this significant milestone it is presenting The Impressionists In Private. One hundred paintings and sculptures have been gathered from private collections around the world. These seldom seen masterpieces include works by Monet, of course, but also Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Rodin and many other highly influential artists.
The exhibition is arranged chronologically from the beginnings of the Paris based Impressionist movement in the mid 19th century. Often controversial in their day, the Impressionist school favoured open compositions, accurate depictions of the interplay of light and forms, and realistic and often everyday subject matter. In essence they were seeking a new role for the artist while representational art was being usurped by the new science of photography. They also preferred working in the outdoors as opposed to a studio, the better to capture changing light and colour. In the decade from 1880 to 1890 the movement began to break up but left a profound impression, appropriately enough, on the world of art. The closing section of the exhibition demonstrates how the Impressionists pointed the way towards modern art.
Live Concerts in Paris L’Olympia, A starry venue
Renowned Paris music hall L’Olympia continues to thrive as one of the world’s premiere music venues, attracting the finest French and international performers. Established in 1888 by Joseph Oller, the man who gave us the Moulin Rouge, L’Olympia has hosted the greats and seems to bring out the best in all who play there. Gracing the legendary stage in May has been the finest Queen tribute band, The Queen Extravaganza, who has enjoyed the official sanction of Roger Taylor and Brian May.
This year will also bring performances by the genre straddling musical genius George Benson, and the great Liza Minnelli.