Event-exhibition at the Beaux-Arts museum in Rouen

I am sorely tempted to hop on a train and go to Rouen for the weekend, just to visit this extraordinary new art exhibition that opened four days ago.  It’s entitled CATHEDRALS, 1789-1914, A MODERN MYTH.  Rouen is in Normandy and only one hour and 17 minutes from Paris by train.  A one-way train ticket costs 14 euros.


April 12 to August 31st, 2014Kölner_Dom_um_1900

With “Cathedrals”, the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts explores two centuries of Gothic representation with 180 masterpieces and 60 artists over a period of two centuries.

Goethe, Friedrich, Hugo, Constable, Turner, Corot, Sisley, Pissarro, Monet, Rodin, Redon, Moreau, Marquet, Delaunay, Kupka, Beckmann, Schwitters, Feininger, Chagall, De Staël, Morellet,  Delvoye…

Under the patronage of the French and German Ministries of Foreign Affairs, this innovative exhibition explores a unique theme: the place of the cathedral in the artistic imagination and in the national debate, from Goethe and Hugo to the First World War and the bombing of Reims.

This Franco-German project brings together two cities, Rouen and Cologne, each of which retains a world famous cathedral and two museums, the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Rouen and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, both considered among the finest in Europe. With more than 180 works, 15 sections, and 1200 square meters, the exhibition showcases paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewelery, photographs, models, literature, cinema and contemporary art that trace an unexpected journey through two centuries of artistic adventures.

If you click on this link below and then scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can view a video of the exhibition.  See you there!


2 thoughts on “Event-exhibition at the Beaux-Arts museum in Rouen

  1. Thanks a lot for mentioning this. We’ll be in Paris in June and will definitely make a day trip out there.

  2. Too bad I missed this French-German exhibition back in 2014. That sort of thing always interests me, for instance “De l’Allemagne” at the Louvre in 2013.
    In 2008, my younger son was involved in developing a bi-national exhibition on “Foreigners in Germany and France from the 19th Century to the present”. This was shown at the Immigration Museum in the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris from December 2008 to April 2009, and after that at the German Historical Museum in Berlin.

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