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Exhibition

MuMa - Musée d'Art Moderne André Malraux
FROM 3rd JULY TO 1st NOVEMBER 2020

The Nuits Électriques* exhibition held at MuMa – André Malraux Museum of Modern Art – is the first to explore the artists’ perceptions of artificial lighting in the urban landscape from the 1850s to the eve of World War I.

The 19th century was a major period of change, with nocturnal cityscapes evolving with the advent of artificial lighting. Long veiled in darkness, nights gradually began to be lit up by various forms of lighting, each creating a different atmosphere. The interplay of lights and shadows, chiaroscuro, back-lighting, and the first neon advertising signs offered an array of new visual experiences imbued with the magic and poetry of the night.

These transformations made a deep impression on the artists, who reacted with either curiosity, admiration, fascination, or nostalgia. All over Europe, painters, printmakers, and photographers who were the most open to expressions of modernity adopted night-time scenes as some of their favourite subjects. The exhibition features the artworks of major French artists such as Pissaro, Monet, Caillebotte, Valloton, Bonnard, Vuillard, Marquet, Sonia Delaunay, to name a few, and of several artists from other parts of Europe, such as Swedish artist Eugène Jansson, British painter Atkinson Grimshaw, American painter and printmaker James Whistler, and Spanish painter Darío de Regoyos among others.

The exhibition was organised with the support of the National Library of France, the Cinémathèque Française, and the Musée d'Orsay, and is presented as part of the Normandie Impressionniste and Un Été Au Havre festivals.

* Electric Nights

Practical info

Exhibition

Nuits Electriques*

Artists’ perceptions of artificial lighting in the urban landscape during the second half of the 19th century

FROM 3rd JULY TO 1st NOVEMBER 2020
Venue

MuMa - Musée d'Art Moderne André Malraux
2 boulevard Clemenceau

ACCESSIBILITY
  • Visitors with physical disabilities
  • Visitors with hearing impairment
  • Visitors with mental disabilities
  • Visitors with visual impairment
OPENING HOURS

Open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Friday, and from 11 am to 7 pm on weekends.
Closed on Mondays and bank holidays.
Open on 14th July 2020, thanks to the sponsoring of MATMUT.

PRICE

Full fee : 10 €
Reduced fee : 6 €
Free admission on the first Saturday of each month.

Discovery tour

Étape 25 du Parcours Historique

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Bus route 7 (MuMa)
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