DAY ONE 29/06/15
The Pompidou Centre was designed in the style of ‘High–Tech’ architecture by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, along with Gianfranco Franchini. It houses a vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research.
DAY TWO 30/06/15
Musée de Montmartre and Jardins de Renoir, Musée Rodin and the Eiffel Tower
We started the second day of the trip at Musée de Montmartre and Jardins de Renoir, where we were taken on a tour of the galleries and Gardens. The collection is composed of paintings, posters and drawings of Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Kupka, Steinlen, Valadon, and Utrillo. Together, the artworks recount the history of Montmartre. The gardens are named in memory of the Impressionist painter Renoir who lived on-site between 1875 and 1877, and painted several of his famous masterpieces.
At Musée Rodin students had the chance to visit the fabulous sculpture park where they could draw and relax in the wonderful gardens. We followed our visit here with a quick walk to the Eiffel Tower.
DAY THREE 01/07/15
Musée de’l Orangeries
Our final visit will be to Musée de’l Orangeries, home of two prestigious collections, alongside their current sculpture show.
Pictured is Monet’s both monumental and intimate, Water Lilies (Les Nymphéas), the ultimate expression of Claude Monet’s artistic ideas. The paintings are housed in two elliptical rooms, encouraging the visitor to gaze in endless contemplation. The second unique collection illustrates the creative work of the first decades of the 20th century. Paul Guillaume provided support to Picasso, Soutine, Derain and Marie Laurencin, as well as taking an interest in their predecessors, particularly Renoir and Cézanne. Guillaume’s premature death in 1934 prevented his dream of transforming his private collection into a museum of modern art from being realised. His wife completed and modified the collection before donating the works to the French State in 1960.