Current exhibitions and events at Giverny In a setting that lends itself so readily to cultural events, it comes as no surprise that the site appeals to organizers of all kinds of activities. Today, in addition to Monet's house and gardens, you can also attend exhibitions, festivals and concerts at various venues throughout the village. Here is a round-up of events and exhibitions at Giverny to enhance your visit.
Myriad musical events
Each summer since 2004, from late August to early September, the Giverny Chamber Music Festival hosts around 20 international chamber music performers under the direction of Michel Strauss, the famous French cellist. During the festival, musicians fill the museums, churches and other iconic sites of Giverny so the general public and informed connoisseurs alike can discover or rediscover chamber music.
In a more contemporary spirit, the Rock in the Barn festival also draws crowds with its warm, festive atmosphere. Held each year at the end of September, it does not stop at rock artists; rather it also puts on concerts featuring electronica, trip-hop, hip-hop and other contemporary musical styles. Finally, the one music event not to be missed is still the Giverny Music Festival, which has been a mainstay for many years. It takes place each year in October-November and invites participants to discover alternative and eclectic musicians in a convivial, laid-back setting.
Art events and exhibitions at Giverny
It is hard to resist the various exhibitions at Giverny when one thinks about how Monet spent most of his life here. The International Pastel Exhibition at Giverny takes place each year in May and June, infusing the village's banquet hall with a riot of colors. It is a prime opportunity to discover talented artists who specialize in pastels. For the 2017 edition, the special guest artist is Terri Ford, the American artist and student at Academy of Arts College in San Francisco from 1973 to 1975.
The Museum of Impressionisms also exhibits new collections each year. Don't miss the 2017 shows "In Concert! Musical Instruments in Art" and "Manguin, the Joy of Color". The museum will be open from March 24 to November 5, so there is plenty of time to enjoy these essential exhibitions!
Film lovers, take note. Since 2009, the neighboring town of Vernon has organized the "Normandy and the World" festival which, as its name suggests, presents short and feature-length films produces or shot in Normandy. After taking a year off in 2016, the festival returns in 2017 for its eight edition. It will run from October 6 to 15.
Whether you have a passion for art, music or film, do not miss the Giverny events and exhibitions that mark the seasons of the "Village of Painters".