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Coronavirus: Take in some of France's museums without leaving your couch


Agence France-Presse

 /  Fri, April 3, 2020  /  09:04 pm
Coronavirus: Take in some of France's museums without leaving your couch

The Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces) of the Royal Palace of Versailles (Shutterstock/Birute Vijeikiene)

If you're growing weary of endless hours of Netflix and online yoga classes, you might like to visit a museum without leaving your couch.

France's major institutions and cultural monuments have pulled out all the stops during the current period of lockdown to present their exhibitions and collections on the web.

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Museum of Impressionism Giverny

How about a trip to Normandy? Google Arts & Culture provides a generous serving of what the region has to offer, and it is all ready for you to devour without changing out of your pajamas.

On the program, there are several exhibitions, which, as you might expect, are focused on Impressionism, including one by contemporary Japanese artist Hiramatsu Reiji, who has reinterpreted Claude Monet's famous water lilies.

"Pompeii" at the Grand Palais

Explore the exhibition that was set to open in the Grand Palais on March 25 from the comfort of your living room.

To design this digital exhibition, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux teamed up with the Archeological Park of Pompeii and documentary maker, GEDEON Programmes. The result of this collaboration is a 3D reconstitution of the site.

The curious can take a plunge into the fascinating world of ongoing excavations, the restoration of mosaics, or the 3D  reconstitution of a house and garden. 

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Although the major Parisian photography space is currently closed, it remains accessible online.

Aficionados of the discipline may be interested to browse the institution's Instagram and Facebook accounts, which are currently presenting unpublished works by artist Erwin Wurm, and also  setting a number of creative challenges.


ONE WURM A DAY | STUDY (13 PULLOVERS) ⠀ Comme avec "Fabio getting dressed," dans "13 Pullovers [13 pulls] (1991)", l’artiste Fabio Zolly est filmé par Erwin Wurm assis sur une chaise. Il enfile une succession de treize pulls en amplifiant progressivement son ventre. ⠀ « Les vêtements sont des réceptacles vides et dépourvus de masse. L’ajout de vêtements figure le redoublement de la peau, de la surface. Cela me ramène aux très anciennes sculptures de la Renaissance ou de la Grèce antique, à ces sculptures qui ne sont composées que d’une fine couche de bronze et à l’intérieur desquelles il n’y a rien. Seule la surface existe », explique l'artiste. ⠀ Les images montrées ici sont des images fixes de la vidéo sous la forme de planches-contacts, trouvées par l'artiste dans ses archives en préparant l'exposition. ⠀ ______ Erwin Wurm, « Study (13 Pullovers) » 1992. © Erwin Wurm Reproduction : Vincent Fardoux ⠀ #MEPParis #ErwinWurm #ErwinWurmPhotographs #OneMinuteSculpture #MeFat #MuseumFromHome #Photo #Photography #ArtDaily #CultureChezNous @erwinwurm

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Museums of the City of Paris

Paris is also providing access to some 300,000 works via its website for the 17 museums belonging to the city.

The works have been arranged in a dozen themed collections, among them "Paris during the Revolution," "Artists' Workshops" and "Sport and Women's Fashion, 1880-1939." Art from the French capital's museums is also on view via the YouTube and Dailymotion channels for the Museums of the City of Paris.

If you are eager for a moment of calm in these troubled times, you might like to watch the video (below) for the Musée de la Vie Romantique exhibition "Coeurs" ("Hearts"), which opened on Valentine's Day and is now closed.

The Palace of Versailles

The former residence of the kings of France has also presented an exciting free resource, the virtual visit "Versailles VR: the Palace is yours," which allows you to explore the Royal Apartments, and to examine paintings, sculptures and furniture from a multiplicity of angles. 

Fondation Cartier

On its Instagram account the famous French jeweler's foundation for contemporary art is posting daily excerpts of soundscapes that featured in the 2016 installation "The Great Animal Orchestra" devised for the Fondation Cartier by the American musician and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause.

Focused on audio from the natural world, Krause has collected close to 5,000 hours of sound from unspoiled natural habitats, which are home to 15,000 animal species.

His research offers a marvellous immersion in a wild world which has been reduced to silence by the din of human activity.


Depuis plus de quarante ans, le musicien et bioacousticien américain Bernie Krause a collecté près de 5 000 heures d’enregistrements sonores d’habitats naturels sauvages, peuplés par près de 15 000 espèces animales. Ses recherches offrent une merveilleuse plongée dans l’univers sonore de la faune sauvage, progressivement réduite au silence par le vacarme des activités humaines. En 2016, invité par la Fondation Cartier, il crée l’installation sonore « Le Grand Orchestre des Animaux » en collaboration avec le collectif londonien United Visual Artists. Toute cette semaine, Bernie Krause et la Fondation Cartier proposent de faire entendre des extraits des sept paysages sonores qui composent cette œuvre, qui figure désormais dans la collection de la Fondation Cartier. . For over 40 years, American musician and bioacoustician Bernie Krause has collected almost 5,000 hours of sound recordings of natural habitats, inhabited by almost 15,000 animal species. His research offers a wonderful immersion into the sound universe of wildlife, increasingly reduced to silence by the din of human activity. Invited by the Fondation Cartier in 2016, he created the sound installation "The Great Animal Orchestra", in collaboration with London-based collective United Visual Artists. Throughout the week, Bernie Krause and the Fondation Cartier offer you to listen to extracts from the seven soundscapes composing the work, that is now part of the collection of the Fondation Cartier. . 📸 ©️ Tim Chapman . #TheGreatAnimalOrchestra #LeGrandOrchestredesAnimaux #BernieKrause #WildSanctuary #UnitedVisualArtists #FondationCartier #soundart #soundofnature #biodiversity #bioacoustics

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