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ExhibitionsRenoir + Renoir

Renoir + Renoir

Renoir + Renoir
(left)  Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1882–83) Dance à la campagne (detail)
     © Photo RMN/H. Lewandowski/digital file by DNPAC
(right)  Jean Renoir (1936) Partie de campagne
     Paris, Collection Cinématheque française, fonds Femis; D.R.
     Over the last century, there have been countless exhibitions of works by European masters of modern art.  In recent years, such exhibitions have taken new approaches in order to allow for a better understanding of the works, or to present new ways of looking at them.  Renoir + Renoir is based on a 2005 exhibition of this nature, originally held at the Cinémathèque Française and now reorganized with a Japanese audience in mind.
     Renoir + Renoir presents the works of the Impressionist master Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) alongside those of his second son and legendary film director Jean Renoir (1894–1979).  Beginning with his inclusion in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, Pierre-Auguste Renoir has become immortalized in the history of modern art as a leading Impressionist artist, along with Claude Monet.  His warm-colored portraits of those near and dear to him and of nudes are loved by many, and can be found in the collections of major art museums around the world.  Jean Renoir, who modeled for his father since childhood, became interested in film while nursing an injury from World War I and began working as a filmmaker in the 1920s.  His deep insight into the diversity of human nature—demonstrated in highly acclaimed works such as Grand Illusion (La Grande illusion, 1937), The Rules of the Game (La Règle du jeu, 1939), and French Cancan (1954)—strongly influenced later generations of film directors, including French New Wave pioneers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.
Jean Renoir (1959) Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe
Jean Renoir (1959) Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe
© STUDIO CANAL IMAGE/tout droits réservés
     Although their modes of expression differ, there are many scenes in Jean’s films that call his father’s paintings to mind.  His attachment to water, nature, and natural light as expressed on film as well as his treatment of his models suggest that Jean attained much in his creative process from his father’s works.  The present exhibition is divided into four themes in order to explore what the two men have in common: “Portraits of the Family,” “Models,” “Nature,” and “Pastimes and Social Life.”  Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s paintings and Jean Renoir’s films are exhibited in juxtaposition to one another.  This is not an attempt to demonstrate the influence of the father on the son, but rather to seek out a different way of looking at Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s works through his son and film director Jean Renoir.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1875) Étude. Torse effet de soleil
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1875) Étude.
Torse effet de soleil (coll. Musée d’Orsay)
© Photo RMN/H. Lewandowski/digital file
     Photography and film were invented around the same time as the emergence of Impressionism, and became canonized as visual media of the twentieth century.  These differing modes of expression tackled the same issue: How to cut out and represent ever-changing nature and the passage of time, or how “the artist = self” views the world.  The modern approach to the relationship between the “self” and the world presented by Impressionism in the nineteenth century can be said to continue to be explored in the finest films of the twentieth century.  In this sense, Jean Renoir did not inherit motifs from his father, but rather his way of seeing itself.
     The present exhibition was made possible by the full cooperation of the Musée d’Orsay.  Approximately fifty paintings from collections in Japan and overseas, including fifteen works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay, will be exhibited alongside excerpts from twelve of Jean Renoir’s films that span the whole length of his career.


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Collection particulière © STUDIO CANAL IMAGE/TELEDIS
DVD screenings of Jean Renoir’s works
Date: Every weekday (Tue.–Fri.) during museum hours starting on May 21 (Wed.)
Place: Lecture hall
view schedule here

Commemorative lecture
Date: May 20 (Tue.) 2:00PM–3:30PM
     (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM–)
Lecturer: Marianne Mathieu (Musée d’Orsay, Communications Department)
Place: Lecture hall (maximum capacity 100); free
in French with Japanese translation

Related symposium “Jean Renoir Today”
Date: July 6 (Sun.) 2:00PM–4:30PM
     (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM–)
     FUJII Jinshi (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences,
          Waseda University; Film Studies)
     ISHIDA Minori (Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities,
          Niigata University; Filmology)
Coordinator: AOYAMA Masaru (Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Design,
     Osaka Seikei University; Theory of Visual Culture)
Place: Lecture hall (maximum capacity 100); free
in Japanese only

Related exhibition: “Auguste Renoir & Parisian mode
Date: May 13 (Tue.) – July 21 (Mon./holiday)
Place: 4F Collection Gallery
Special cooperation: The Kyoto Costume Institute

Exhibition dates
Tuesday, May 20 – Monday (holiday), July 21, 2008
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open July 21 (Mon./holiday)

May 20 (Tue.) – June 29 (Sun.)  Regular hours (excludes Fridays)
     9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

May 23 (Fri.) – June 27 (Fri.)  Evening hours (every Friday)
     9:30AM–8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)

July 1 (Tue.) – 21 (Mon./hol.)  Extended hours (every day when museum is open)
     9:30AM–7:00PM (admission until 6:30PM)
Please note that the evening hours on Fridays (–8:00PM) will not take place in July.

We recommend checking the hours through the event calendar when visiting the museum during this exhibition.  (May/June/July 2008)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Musée d’Orsay
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation
The Yomiuri Shimbun, Osaka

Embassy of France in Japan
La Cinémathèque française

Special sponsorship
Daiwa Securities Group

Dai Nippon Printing, Co., Ltd.
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Non-Destructive Inspection Co., Ltd.
Takemoto Piano

Japan Airlines
Nippon Express Co., Ltd.

Special cooperation
The Kyoto Costume Institute

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1,500 1,400 1,400
University students 1,100 1,000 1,000
High school students 700 600 600
Junior high and younger Free Free Free

Publicity Materials
Flyer  PDF file (764KB)


Other Museums
The Bunkamura Museum of Art  2008/02/02 (Sat.) – 05/06 (Tue./holiday)

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