Exhibitions at Musee d’Orsay

By Harshitha Jagathiesh

The Orsay Museum, also known as Musee d’Orsay, is a famous art museum located in Paris, France.

It’s home to various artworks from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. 

The museum’s permanent collection features masterpieces by renowned artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir. 

In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions that showcase different themes or artists for a limited time. 

These exhibitions attract visitors worldwide and offer a unique opportunity to experience diverse art styles and periods. 

This article will discuss the upcoming exhibitions at the Orsay Museum and provide details about each one.

Nathanaëlle Herbelin’s

Date: March 12th to June 30th, 2024

Nathanaëlle Herbelin, a French-Israeli artist who has been visiting the Musée d’Orsay since she was a kid, is getting her artworks showcased there. 

She’s influenced by the Nabis group, who liked painting everyday stuff like people at home. 

But Nathanaëlle gives it a modern twist.

At the museum, they’re trying to bring in different kinds of artists, not just the old classics. 

Nathanaëlle is one of these newer artists who’s already got people talking. 

She’s been painting for less than ten years, and her work is already getting much attention.

The exhibition in Spring 2024 will reveal how the artist, Nathanaëlle Herbelin, follows the path of the Nabis with a delicate touch. 

While her soft brushstrokes, choice of colors, and favorite subjects might remind viewers of Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, or Félix Vallotton, she adds modern elements to her scenes. 

You’ll spot cell phones and cables, bringing today’s world into her paintings.

She doesn’t shy away from present-day issues, either. 

You might see a woman removing body hair or a man relaxing in a bathtub. 

There’s even a painting about female pleasure. 

These modern twists blend seamlessly with the classics by Bonnard, Vuillard, and Vallotton, which are already hanging in the museum. 

Nathanaëlle’s art feels fresh and unique, adding depth to the collection without copying what came before.

Tonight with the Impressionists

Date: March 26th to August 11th, 2024

Take a trip back in time to Paris, April 15, 1874, at eight o’clock in the evening. 

Picture yourself in the former studio of the famous photographer Nadar, on Boulevard des Capucines. 

Up on the 2nd and 3rd floors of this building, around thirty painters gathered to showcase about 165 artworks to the public. 

Get ready to relive the opening night of the first Impressionist exhibition, all through the wonders of virtual reality!

This exhibition, starting on April 15, 1874, at eight o’clock in the evening, brings together a bunch of independent artists who decided to show off their works outside the official Salon. 

You’ll meet big names like Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas.

With a virtual reality headset on, you’ll step right into the atmosphere of that groundbreaking exhibition. 

It’s like traveling back in time to meet these young artists at the start of their journey. 

Plus, you’ll also get to visit some places that were important to the Impressionist movement. 

Imagine being whisked away to the Salon and then to painter Frédéric Bazille’s studio, where the idea for the exhibition was born. 

You’ll even visit the island of Grenouillère, where Monet and Renoir painted together, and Le Havre, where Monet painted his famous “Impression, Sunrise.” 

These side trips will help you understand the connections between the artists, what they were searching for, and why their movement was so significant.

And you’ll experience all of this with a VR headset.

Harriet Backer (1845-1932)

Date: From September 24th, 2024 to January 12th, 2025

This exhibition marks the first time Backer’s artworks are showcased in France.

It shines a light on the Musée d’Orsay’s mission to unveil famous artists and those who played crucial roles in 19th-century art, even if they’re not as well-known. 

Norway gets special attention here due to its vibrant art scene and the strong bonds Norwegian artists formed with Parisian avant-garde circles.

It’s organized by the Oslo National Museum and the Kode Bergen Art Museum in collaboration with the Stockholm National Museum and the Musée d’Orsay.

She explored various painting techniques but remained devoted to specific subjects, like scenes from everyday life and motifs that held personal significance.

The exhibition begins by tracing Backer’s artistic journey, from her education in cultural hubs like Munich and Paris to her close connections with other Scandinavian women artists who shared her feminist ideals. 

From there, visitors are treated to her beloved themes: cozy interiors, traditional Norwegian churches, landscapes, and her unique approach to still-life painting.

Many of the exhibitions are dedicated to musical scenes, reflecting Backer’s deep connection to music. 

Gustave Caillebotte

Date: From October 08th, 2024 to January 19th, 2025

This fall, the Musée d’Orsay is showcasing an exhibition centered on Gustave Caillebotte, focusing on his fascination with masculine figures and portraits of men. 

The exhibition aims to highlight Caillebotte’s radical modernity through the lens of changing perspectives on masculinity in 19th-century art history.

He depicted men from various walks of life, including his brothers, workers from his family’s business, and boating companions. 

In defiance of traditional norms, he introduced new subjects such as urban laborers, men on balconies, athletes, and even intimate portraits of nude men.

During an era marked by notions of masculinity and republican ideals, Caillebotte’s powerful images challenged social and sexual norms, questioning established orders. 

His exploration of masculinity within Impressionism and Modernism extended beyond his identity as a wealthy bachelor.

The exhibition, featuring approximately 70 artworks, includes paintings, pastels, sketches, photographs, and documents.

The exhibition is anchored by Caillebotte’s renowned masterpiece “Paris Street; Rainy Day,” loaned from the Art Institute of Chicago. 

This project coincides with the 130th anniversary of the artist’s death, commemorating the legacy of his impressive Impressionist collection to the French government in 1894. 

The entire collection will be displayed to honor this occasion, echoing the 1897 opening of the “Caillebotte Gallery” at the Musée du Luxembourg.

This exhibition continues a series of showcases that began with a major retrospective in 1994-1995.

It allows audiences to rediscover Gustave Caillebotte and shed light on various aspects of his work, including his time in Yerres, his relationship with photography, and his passion for garden design.


While touring Musée d’Orsay, here are some things to see around:


For all visitors planning to visit Musee d’Orsay, here is a list of tickets you can choose from. 

Dedicated entry ticket: This ticket offers dedicated entry to the museum with access to permanent and temporary collections. 
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Guided tour ticket: Enjoy a 1 hour 45 minutes guided tour and skip the line access to Musee d’Orsay.
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Musee d’Orsay and Seine River Cruise: Visitors can tour the Musee d’Orsay and then experience a cruise over the Seine. 
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Musee d’Orsay and Louvre Museum: This combination ticket offers entry to both Musee d’Orsay and Louvre Museum.
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Paris City Museum Pass: Visit the best museums in Paris with just one pass.
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Harshita
About the author

Harshitha’s heart lies where greeny mountains meet stretches of beach. She believes getting lost is the best way to explore