2018 Diary of Exhibitions at the Louvre
The Louvre Museum has an extensive calendar of exhibitions. The same entrance ticket is valid for both these temporary displays and the permanent collections. So if you are coming to the Louvre for a particular exhibition, you can continue your visit in any of the museum’s departments.
2018 LOUVRE EXHIBITIONS: MUST-SEE EXHIBITIONS
FRANCE VIEW OF THE GREAT CENTURY (1621-1691): DRAWINGS OF ISRAEL SILVESTRE
You may already know the engravings of Silvestre. But do you know his drawings? If the Louvre Museum has a good collection, this is the first time they will be unveiled to the public. This specialist in engraving also attached himself very early to reproduce urban landscapes. Trace his life through his work, from Nancy, his hometown, to his travels in Paris or Rome, to the maturity that allows him to produce larger panoramas. Behind the talent of the artist, this exhibition shows both the evolution of the capital, the splendor of royal festivals, the profile of cities conquered by the Sun King, especially in the Ardennes and Lorraine. Also find some of the most beautiful castles of Île-de-France, such as Vaux le Vicomte or the unmissable Versailles, and contemplate them with the eyes of Israel Silvestre
When : March 15 to June 25, 2018
Location: Sully Rotunda
Known notably for his allegorical painting Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix is also a prolific painter who bequeathed us an exceptional work. The Louvre dedicates an exceptional exhibition to him, of an amplitude unequaled since the death of the artist in 1963. The challenge is ambitious: to trace, through nearly 180 works, the whole career of a complex artist, whose personality evolves over the years. All the ambivalence of the one who wants to be heir to the great Flemish and Venetian painters of the 16th and 17th centuries, but who ardently wishes to impose a creative and original personality, is expressed in this exhibition. The unique opportunity for the public visiting the Louvre to discover an endearing personality, that of a true virtuoso to the great culture.
When: March 29 to July 23, 2018
Location: Napoleon Hall
THE EMPIRE OF ROSES (1798-1863) AT LOUVRE-LENS
You want to make a getaway in the East of France? Travel to Iran with the Louvre-Lens Museum. This major exhibition of the Louvre Museum in 2018 presents an unprecedented retrospective in Europe, entirely devoted to the lavish art of the Qajars, a dynasty that ruled Iran between 1786 and 1925. More than 400 works, some of which presented here exclusively worldwide, are offered to the public. You will find jewelry, enamels, carpets, paintings, costumes as well as photographs or ceremonial weapons.
When: from March 28, 2018 to July 23, 2018
LAST CHANCE: THE 2017 EXPOSES STILL VISIBLE IN 2018
YEAR FRANCE-COLOMBIA: MASTERPIECES OF BAROQUE ART
On the occasion of the year France Colombia, the Louvre Museum welcomes and presents to the public two major works of the Baroque period, in the 18th century.
As the first witness of the flourishing neo-Granada art, the monstrance of the San Ignacio de Bogotá church is testimony to the opulence of the Viceroyalty of New Granada. Ordered from José de Galaz, this monstrance, 80 cm high, required seven years of work. Its value is invaluable: 5 kilograms of gold and more than 1700 precious stones offer the most beautiful jewel case to what is the most precious jewel of Catholic liturgical life, the host that embodies the body of Christ. The emeralds give this piece of goldsmithery a pale green glow that earned him the nickname La Lechuga, or lettuce. Another treasure of neo-Granada art of the eighteenth century exhibited for some time in the Louvre Museum, the statue of St. Barbara by Pedro Laboria has inspired several generations of sculptors and artists. Indeed, far from the Old World, the sources of inspiration are rare and can not rely on Greek statuary. Dating from 1740, this statue represents the very popular Saint Barbara in an ecstatic posture, symbolizing his spiritual elevation. An angel holds her hand during this elevation, while she undergoes martyrdom. It bears the colors of the Spanish crown, highlighting both its nobility and that of the house ruling on one of the most powerful empires of his time.
When: from September 20, 2017 to January 15, 2018
FRANÇOIS 1ST AND THE ART OF THE NETHERLANDS
When we talk about the flamboyant sovereign François 1er, we think first and foremost about his interest in Italian art. From his military campaigns, he has not only managed to snatch the victory of Marignan. He also convinced Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci to move to France. But the monarch also turned his gaze to the north of Europe and more specifically to the Netherlands. They are artists like Jean Clouet, Godefroy the Batavian, Grégoire Guérard, Noël Bellemare,Bartholomeus Pons or Crow of The Hague that this exhibition of the Louvre invites you to discover. The works are varied: paintings, sculptures, tapestries ...
When: from October 18, 2017 to January 15, 2018
DRAW IN THE OUTDOOR: VARIATIONS OF THE DRAWING OF NATURE
The agenda of the exhibitions of the Louvre Museum in 2018 explores very varied themes, to the delight of art lovers. For example, the practice of drawing in the open air, attested in France in the 17th century and popularized in the 18th century, deserved a dedicated exhibition. It's done with Draw in the open air: Variations of drawing on nature in the first half of the 19th century. You will be able to admire, exposed in the Louvre, a hundred drawings and etchings, as well as about thirty sketches which are indispensable tools to practice drawing in the open air. An exhibition that makes you travel and plunges you into a picturesque and not so distant daily, while emphasizing the pictorial techniques of the time.
When: from October 18, 2017 to January 29, 2018
THEATER OF POWER
This new exhibition in the Petite Galerie brings a fascinating insight into the close links that have long been established between political power and the arts. The codes of representation of political power have been crippled, from antiquity to contemporary times. Drawing on the background of the Louvre and other exceptional French institutions, the exhibition Theater du pouvoir is interested for example in the image of the king transformed into a heroic figure, a warrior of almost mythological dimension. A fascinating study, from Henry IX to Louis XVI or Napoleon, who also dwells on the upheaval of the codes operated during the French Revolution.
When: from September 27, 2017 to July 2, 2018
BEYOND EXHIBITIONS: THE WORK ON SCENE
The museum space represented by the Palais du Louvre continues to be rediscovered and put on the stage, hosting many events that reinforce the already abundant cultural life that is offered to the public. The Louvre auditorium hosts symposia and conferences devoted to art, culture, art history, live shows ...
For example, you can discover the L'Art en Scène lecture series, which aims to present a work of art in one hour.
While the organization of permanent collections is governed by strict museum guidelines, the Louvre Museum’s temporary exhibitions enjoy the freedom to extend to contemporary art. A dialog is created between modern installations and the archaeological pieces on display in the Louvre. The proximity of so many new pieces to the paintings of the Old Masters is nothing to be ashamed of. Contemporary art is only the successor!
Before you visit the Louvre Museum, don't forget to check the Diary of Exhibitions so that you don't miss a temporary exhibition that you might enjoy.
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