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In Focus | Claire Bernardi








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May 25, 2022

In Focus is a new lecture series in which key figures who are shaping the museum of the 21st century are invited to share their insights and observations. Attend this first talk given by Claire Bernardi, Chief Heritage Curator and Director of the Musée de l'Orangerie, in Paris.


Wednesday May 25, 2022
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A renowned and longstanding Paris institution located in the heart of the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musée de l’Orangerie was established in 1927 for the purpose of showcasing Monet’s outstanding Water Lilies corpus. The Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection was later incorporated within its walls in the early 1980s. In 2006, the museum underwent a complete renovation, bringing it into the next phase of its history. One step remains in the construction of its identity, and that is to determine how to make this historic institution live in the present day. How can we present to the public in a meaningful way these emblematic works, most of which were created over a hundred years ago, at the dawn of the 20th century?

Chief Heritage Curator and Director of the Musée de l’Orangerie, in Paris. Following an initial appointment at France’s Centre national des arts plastiques, Bernardi spent a period of 10 years as a curator of painting at the Musée d’Orsay, specialized in late 19th- and early 20th-century artists, and most notably works by Gauguin and artists of the Pont-Aven School. She has curated numerous exhibitions in France and elsewhere, including Henri Rousseau: Archaic Candour (Palazzo Ducale, Venice; Musée d'Orsay, 2016), Gauguin the Alchemist (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, 2017), Picasso: Blue and Rose (Musée d’Orsay, 2018) and Soutine / de Kooning: Conversations in Paint (Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Musée de l’Orangerie, 2021). She is currently preparing an exhibition on the work of Edvard Munch (Musée d’Orsay, fall 2022).


Location : Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium

Reservation terms : reservations required

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