Musée d'Orsay
: Les chefs d'oeuvres du Musée d'Orsay à Séoul
Jun. 4. 2011 - Sep. 25.
Hangaram Museum at Seoul Arts Center
Through this exhibition, 130 works from the Orsay Museum representing the golden age of French painting will be introduced. Painters experienced dramatic changes in social values and trends, leading them to express their thoughts and ideas or everyday life scenes through paintings. The exhibition also presents how painters recorded modern times people's dreams and reality and the trends in the painting of the time.

Into the era of Western history which people around the world love the most!

134 paintings, drawings, and photographs from the Orsay Museum in France, which houses only the best works of Impressionist painters who drove Western art's golden age, will be presented in Korea. In particular, this exhibition showcases representative works of the Musée d'Orsay, such as Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, which were rarely exhibited overseas. 

'Dreams and ideals' pursued by painters in a rapidly changing reality.

The image of people living in a world that began to change quickly with the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century gave considerable excitement to the painters. At the same time, this change was also disturbing for the painters to experience the conflict of the exposed reality. Painters conflicted between reality and ideals began to express their dreams on their canvases.

Exhibition Content

Section 1. From Myth to History 
Traditional academy painters represented figures with the themes of mythology or historical events in their paintings. Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres and Alexandre Cabanel expressed the ideal beauty of the female body through Venus. 
Section 2. Nature: People and Landscapes
Portraits and landscapes are considered to be the most beautiful works of Impressionism. Snowy and rural landscapes were exciting subjects that could show the artistry.
Section 3. Modern Life: Family, Work and Leisure
In the 19th century, painters also paid attention to the newly emerging cities and the wealth of life in cities.
Section 4. Melancholy, Solitude and Death
The sensibility of the end of the century, represented by melancholy, was frequently painted by 19th-century painters. In the image of the model full of agony, the painters created a dark yet beautiful canvas.

  • Dates
    • June 4. 2011 – Sep. 25. 2011

    • Closed every Monday of last week
  • Hours
    • 11:00 - 20:00 

  • Location
    • Hangaram Museum at Seoul Arts Center
  • Hosts
    • Le Musée d'Orsay, Seoul Arts Center, GNC Media
  • Sponsors
    • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Seoul City, L' Ambassade de France en Corée, L'Institut Français à Seoul
  • Inquiries
    • +82 02 325 1077(8)