Paris museums rely on Frida Kahlo and Sarah Bernhardt to reconnect with the public

Paris museums rely on Frida Kahlo and Sarah Bernhardt to reconnect with the public

After two years of health crisis, the fourteen museums of the City of Paris presented their programming for the 2022-2023 season.

The painter Frida Kahlo and actress Sarah Bernhardt will be among the female artists honored by the museums of the City of Paris for the 2022-2023 season, the program of which was unveiled on Wednesday at a press conference. From September 15 to March 5, 2023, the Galliera Palace will bring its visitors into the intimacy of Frida Kahlo through 200 personal objects, exhibited for the first time in France and from the Casa Azul, the painter’s famous house in Mexico City. Traditional Tehuana dresses, pre-Columbian necklaces, hand-painted prostheses, these objects had been sealed when the artist died in 1954 by her husband, Diego Riverabefore being discovered in 2004.

From April 11 to August 27, 2023, the Petit Palais will pay tribute to Sarah Bernhardt for the centenary of the icon’s death. More than 500 works on display will retrace the life of the actress but also an artist, with a section returning to her own paintings and sculptures. In the spring, a retrospective devoted to the Franco-Norwegian painter Anna-Eva Bergman will be held at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

Philippe Star, Louis Boulanger… the museums of Paris are once again successful

The Carnavalet Museum will also evoke women, via an exhibition on the civic emancipation of Parisian women since the Revolution, but its star will be a man, designer Philippe Starck, in the spotlight from March 29 to August 27. Associated with the exhibition, the designer, elected “regent of the college of pataphysics”the science of imaginary solutions, will offer a “subjective vision of Parisian places” like the Eiffel Tower or the Elysée, distilled the director Valérie Guillaume, stressing that Philippe Starck had designed a hundred places since the 1970s in Ile-de-France.

In November, the Maison Victor Hugo will honor Louis Boulanger, a painter of the romantic era close to the writer, while the Liberation Museum will focus in the spring on the progress of the Allies in Africa during the Second World War. .

After two years of health crisis, the 14 museums of the City of Paris, which attracted 2.2 million visitors in 2021 and have a budget of 89 million euros, “are doing well, in a period when the culture has suffered so much”, underlined the PS assistant for culture Carine Rolland. With 50,000 visitors per month, the Catacombs have for example regained pre-crisis attendance levels, underlined the director of Paris Museums Anne-Sophie de Gasquet.

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