Normandy’s museums are arguably among the best in France and, this year, the region is hosting five exciting new exhibitions that are well worth seeing should you find yourself here over the summer. From Giverny to Granville, don’t miss the chance to enjoy first-hand the works of Normandy greats like Claude Monet, Gustave Flaubert and Christian Dior!

1) GARDENS: FROM MONET TO BONNARD AT THE MUSÉE Des impressionnisMes in GIVERNY

The Impressionists were famed for their love of gardens and all their changing colours, but far less is known about the Nabis, an artistic group that broke with academic Impressionism, preferring to paint the imaginary and subjective. For the very first time, these two movements and their different approaches to painting gardens will form the focal point of the Musée des Impressionnismes’ new exhibition, Gardens: From Monet to Bonnard. Visitors can enjoy works by these two titular artists, as well as those by Caillebotte and Vuillard, and embark on a beautiful, colourful journey amidst flowers, outdoor landscapes and open-air portraits.

Monet’s ‘Gardens in Bloom’ © RMN Grand Palais / Musée d’Orsay

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Gardens: From Monet to Bonnard
19 May – 1 November 2021

Musée des Impressionnismes
99 rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny
mdig.fr

Standard ticket: €11
Concessions : €7
Under 18s: Free
Ticket includes access to all exhibitions and museum gardens

Open every day, 10am-6pm

2) DIOR AND ROSES AT THE CHRISTIAN DIOR MUSEUM IN GRANVILLE

Christian Dior was fascinated by roses, and after visiting his childhood home in Granville, home to the Christian Dior Museum, it’s not hard to see why. It was in the garden of this beautiful clifftop villa that Dior would admire the blossoming of the roses that later inspired him in his life as a fashion designer, from making dresses to creating perfumes. The Christian Dior Museum’s latest exhibition Dior and Roses is dedicated to this flower and its evocative power, providing an exciting new insight into the designer’s life and career, through original archives, clothes, accessories and decorative objects, all inspired by roses.

© Christian Dior Museum Granville

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Dior and Roses
5 June 31 October 2021


Christian Dior Museum Granville
Villa Les Rhumbs, 1 rue d’Estouteville, 50400 Granville
musee-dior-granville.com

Standard ticket: €9
Concessions: €7
Under 12s: Free

Until 30 September 2021: Open every day, 10am-6:30pm
October 2021: Open Tuesday to Sunday and every day in school holidays,: Open 10am-12:30pm and 2pm-6pm

3) SALAMMBÔ: FURY! PASSION! ELEPHANTS! AT THE MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS IN ROUEN

Gustave Flaubert’s extraordinary novel Salammbô captures the imagination through the story of the fatal relationship between priestess Salammbô and Mathô, leader of the mercenaries who rebelled against Carthage. This new exhibition, entitled Salammbô: Fury! Passion! Elephants! has been curated as part of the this year’s bicentenary celebrations of Flaubert’s birth, and explores the impact that this novel made on the arts and the history of the Mediterranean. Combining fascinating archaeological masterpieces, paintings, and literary and cinematographic archives, this masterful exhibition will run until mid-September before moving on to Marseille then Tunis.

© Réunion des Musées Métropolitain

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Salammbô: Fury! Passion! Elephants!
19 May – 19 September 2021

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Esplanade Marcel Duchamp*, 76000 Rouen
mbarouen.fr

*Disabled visitor entrance: 26bis rue Jean Lecanuet, 76000 Rouen

Standard ticket: €9
Concessions : €6
Under 26s : Free

Open every day, 10am-6pm

4) TWO NEW LACEMAKING EXHIBITIONS AT THE MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS ET DE LA DENTELLE in Alençon

Lacemaking, a delicate and technical art form, is celebrated in the southern Normandy town of Alençon; so much so that that its local stitching technique is UNESCO-listed! This year, the town’s Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle is hosting a new exhibition called The Art of the Alençon Lacemakers which will give visitors an exciting and unprecedented insight into lacemaking through local works of art and case studies of local women passionate about lacemaking and eager to share their know-how. The museum will also hold the event Between the Threads, where contemporary artists will be able to learn all about the rich heritage of lacemaking and witness firsthand expert lacemaker Sandrine Pincemaille, which will be given carte blanche to create whatever she chooses.

© Ville d’Alençon

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The Art of the Alençon Lacemakers
19 May – 19 September 2021

Between the Threads
19 May – 31 August 2021

Musée des Beaux-arts et de la Dentelle
Cour carrée de la Dentelle, 61000 Alençon
museedentelle.cu-alencon.fr

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-12pm and 2pm-6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-6pm
Mondays: Closed
July and August: Open every day
Entry to the exhibition is free

5) MASTERS OF COLOUR IN THE 20TH CENTURY AT LES FRANCISCAINES IN DEAUVILLE

Housed in Deauville’s stunning new cultural centre, Les Franciscaines, the exhibition Masters of Colour in the 20th century showcases a number of special works of art that have rarely been seen by the general public. Housed in the centre’s magnificent Galerie des Maîtres, these works explore through bold pigments how colour has become fundamental to 20th-century art. From intense blacks to vibrant greens, reds and blues, this exciting exhibition  features masterpieces by artists like Pierre Soulages, Yves Klein, Marc Chagall, Sonia Delaunay, Fernand Léger, Joan Mitchell and many more.

Marc Chagall: Le quai de Bercy (private collection) © ADAGP, Paris / Naïade Plante

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Masters of Colour in the 20th Century
19 May – 18 September 2021

Les Franciscaines
145b avenue de la République, 14800 Deauville
lesfranciscaines.fr

Standard ticket: €5 (includes exhibition leaflet)
In school holidays (zones B and C): Open every day, 10:30am-6:30pm
In term time: Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30am-6:30pm

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