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Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, 10th April – 15th July 2018

Art and Culture

Just 20 minutes walk from the Hotel and Spa la Belle Juliette and very close to our other hotels, the Musée d’Orsay has a new exhibition about symbolism in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from 1890-1930.

And if that doesn’t sound very sexy, you’d be mistaken. Here are all the details.

To celebrate the centenary of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania being declared independent states, the Musée d’Orsay is exploring Baltic symbolism, with the European Symbolism and the emancipation of consciousness that it disseminated.

You wont’ find any big names here, apart from Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis perhaps (who died in 1911 at the age of just 35), but you will find a style very particular to the era in this part of the world, taking elements from popular culture, folklore and local legends.

With their their unique landscapes, they created a genuinely original art form.

Exposition Âmes sauvages. Le symbolisme dans les pays baltes au Musée d'Orsay du 10 avril au 15 juillet 2018

Photo © Stanislav Stepashko

In connection with the exhibition, there are a large number of related event (not just your everyday guided visit!)

– a Baltic Festival (no details as yet, unfortunately)

– a workshop ‘More lifelike than nature’

– visit-conferences

– a reading of Baltic literary textes

– a Baltic languages class

– a showing of Volker Schlöndorff’s film Coup de grâce, and a selection of short animated films

– an electro-Baltic dance dance (no info for the moment)…

There’s also :

– a study day on the theme ‘National romanticism and Baltic symbolism

– concerts, and

– a ‘curious late-night’ event called ‘Solstice Festival’ (there’s no info as yet, but there’s a high chance it will be on Thursday 21st June 2018)

Oh, and there’s a catalogue of the exhibition too (312 pages, 177 illustrations, 42€).
Exposition Âmes sauvages. Le symbolisme dans les pays baltes au Musée d'Orsay du 10 avril au 15 juillet 2018The exhibition Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States is at the Musée d’Orsay (here) from 10th April – 15th July 2018

Open every day except Mondays from 9.30am-6pm (9.45pm Thursdays)

Admission: 12€ / 9€

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