It was important to mark the return of visitors to museums: this evening will be an opportunity to “Reconnect with his favorite works of art”, assures the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, who speaks of a “Festival of rediscovered museums”.

Between the rediscovery of the permanent collections and the unveiling of newly inaugurated exhibitions, it is a return to normal that museum directors want to celebrate. In compliance with health rules of course, marked by the programming of many outdoor events, such as a escape game outdoors with André Malraux at the Grand Palais, DJ-sets and mini-concerts at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Saint-Étienne and a Hip-hop festival at the Musée du Quai-Branly – Jacques Chirac.

Between return to normal and renewal

However, it is also under the sign of renewal that this seventeenth edition of the European Night of Museums wants to be placed. Several institutions have taken advantage of the months of closure to get a facelift by renovating their buildings or their collections. This is the case of the Carnavalet museum dedicated to the history of the capital, the Hunting and Nature museum in Paris, or the Museon Arlaten, devoted to the ethnography of Provence and located in Arles.

→ SELECTION. The Carnavalet museum, reunion with a “capital” museum

Another new feature this year is the “class, work!” Program. “. Born from partnerships between schools and museums, it aims to make students real artists exhibited for an evening. Classes, from elementary to high school, were free to build projects around museums in their region that they will proudly present in exhibition halls or online. Real little culture smugglers …

Activities for all tastes.

Within an abundant and diverse program, amateurs will be seduced by a guided tour of the house of Charles de Gaulle in costume on the theme of the Belle Epoque; introductory drawing workshops at the Petit Palais; a visit entitled “Tales of Women” on the heroines represented by painters at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen; an exhibition on medieval fashion at the castle museum in Mayenne… There is plenty to choose from.

→ CRITICAL. At the Center Pompidou, a century of feminine abstraction

The European Night of Museums, deployed in nine countries, is not limited to Fine Arts and also gives pride of place to artistic performances. At the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, for example, you can choose from twelve workshops in contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap dancing and acrobatics.


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