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Montmartre, décor de cinéma

Montmartre, A film set

April 12th, 2017 - January 14th, 2018     

If there's one place that alone epitomizes Paris, it would have to be Montmartre. Writers and painters alike have for centuries found their inspiration here, and it comes as no surprise that, from its very beginnings, the world of cinema looked to imprint the soul and singular photogenic atmosphere of Montmartre onto film, embellishing its legendary entertainment venues (Pigalle, the Sacré-Coeur and the Moulin Rouge),but also its facets of pleasure and crime, the Montmartre where reality and dreams collide.It is a gift for filmmakers, from the greatest artists to the most humble artisans who translate this ultimate Parisian symbol into pictures. 
Whether filmed on location or reconstructed in a studio, in black and white or in colour, Montmartre unveils its multiple facets through this exhibition. Wouldn't you say that in the films in which it stars, Montmartre comes alive as a real character, talks and sings in its own right, allowing us to share its moods and emotions? Through a collection of exceptional documents, this exhibition "Montmartre, the cinema set" is pure fantasy, showcasing film extracts, sets, original posters, preparatory drawings, models, costumes and scenery, in all their glory and variety to the greater public.An invitation to laugh, temble and cry... Just like at the cinema....

The commissioners of this exhibition are the film director, scenarist and writer, Pierre Philippe, joined by Saskia Ooms, curator of the Musée de Montmartre, and Isabelle Ducatez from the association, ‘Le Vieux Montmartre’. The exhibition catalogue, printed by Somogy in French and English will include texts by Françoise Lemerige, Jacques Ayroles from the Cinémathèque française, Antoine de Baecque (historian and cinema critic), Marc Durand (historian et great grandnephew of the Frères Lumière, Lumière brothers), Alain Roulleau (directeur of Studio 28), Jean-François Pioud-Bert (film director and cinema critic), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (film director), and texts written by the exhibition commissioners.
Photographie, Coll. Le Vieux Montmartre
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Upcoming exhibitions



Bernard Buffet, An Intimate portrait

October 18TH, 2016 - March 12TH, 2017
Late opening every last thursday of the month, during the exhibition, until 9pm.

This exhibition, assisted by art historians Sylvie Buisson, Yann le Pichon and Saskia Ooms, conservation manager, evokes the connection that Bernard Buffet had with Montmartre. First in Batignolles, where he was born in 1928 and lived out his childhood years, then on the hill itself where he had a house, number 20 rue Cortot, located not far from the Musée de Montmartre and the studios of Lacourière and Frélaut, where he produced his most severe prints, until his death in 1999. His childhood playground, high above Paris and near the Sacré-Coeur, would give him the force to continue his desperate fight against the inevitability of old age. He drew from it new inspiration in the image of his icons.

Thanks to the friendship between the painter and his historian, Yann le Pichon, author of three volumes on the life and work of this artist, the exhibition traces a psychological portrait of Bernard Buffet, his soul viewed through documentation and reflected around the aesthetic discourse of the artist and his profound view on the world. The exhibition is not a traditional retrospective, but a freer tentative at understanding his fiercely autobiographic creativity, including a pertinent choice of striking photographs and emotional souvenirs of his genius. Around 100 works (paintings, drawings, prints and publications) as well as photographs tracing the life of Bernard Buffet will be presented at the Musée de Montmartre. The thematic approach emphasizes the graphic style that characterises Bernard Buffet and his passion for Paris, its environs and Montmartre. 

From January 1st, 2017, you can visit the Musée de Montmartre for free with your Paris Museum Pass.
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Artistes in Montmartre: 1870-1910

Until Sept. 25th, 2016
The exhibition, "Montmartre's artists: 1870-1910, from Steinlen to Satie", accompanies the new presentation of the permanent collections of the Museum of Montmartre. This exhibition showcases the work of over 20 artists who lived and developed/innovated their art in Montmartre at the end of the 19th century.

Works by Paul Signac, Henri Martin, Ferdinand Pelez, Steinlen, Bellery-Desfontaines, Ibels, Bonnard, Bernard, Vallotton, Feure, Toulouse-Lautrec, Willette, Lefèvre and Delâtre will sit alongside the creations of 20th century artists such as Valadon, Utrillo, Utter, Max Jacob, Laurencin, Kupka, Galanis and Modigliani.
Arranged chronologically, this exhibition will highlight the transformation of Montmartre into a major artistic centre.
Artists began to frequent the Montmartre hill from 1870, attracted by its vivid light, country charm and inexpensive lodgings but also the animation of its artistic cabarets. They came from all over the world to settle here, as did numerous musicians and poets, emulating Erik Satie. 
Originating from Honfleur, the composer moved into number 6 rue Cortot in 1887. An entire room honours the musician, tracing his time in Montmartre through a selection of works and documents and evoking his aesthetic and intimate musical discourse at the start of his career.
The famous cabaret dancers of the early 20th century are also a key theme of the visit that promotes Montmartre as an international centre of art at the turn of the century.

Across more than 160 works, this exhibition will showcase the progression of Montmartre’s most well-loved figures towards the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century, notably the Bateau-Lavoir and “Picasso’s band” that remain its revered icons.

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Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, André Utter : 12, rue Cortot

Octobre 16th 2015 - February 15th 2016
extended until March 13th 2016
In celebration of 150 years since the birth of Suzanne Valadon, the Musée de Montmartre presents, from the 16th October 2015 to the 16th March 2016, a flagship exhibition dedicated to Suzanne Valadon (Bessines-sur-Gartempe 1865 - Paris 1938), Maurice Utrillo (Paris 1883 - Dax 1955) and André Utter (Paris 1886 – 1946). 
At the turn of the 20th century, the studios of 12-14 Rue Cortot were alive with artistic talent and creation, home to numerous artists. After having lived here until 1905 with her first husband, the banker Paul Moussis, Suzanne Valadon returned to the site in 1912 with her son, Maurice Utrillo and her partner, André Utter. Despite the frequent arguments with André Utter and the escapades of her son, Suzanne Valadon spent the most productive years of her life here. The three soon became known as « le Trio Infernal » and they left their mark on the art world. 
The exhibited works originate from the collections of the Société d’Histoire et d’Archéologie, « Le Vieux Montmartre », but primarily from external loans from the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, the Musée Paul Dini de Villefranche-sur-Saône, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège and Bruxelles, the Petit Palais de Genève et several private collections. Suzanne Valadon's celebrated works, La tireuse de cartes (Petit Palais de Genève) and Le lancement du filet (Centre Pompidou-MMAM-CCI) are just some of the notable works on display.


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The Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art, 1875 - 1910

October 17th, 2014 to September 13th, 2015
L'Esprit de Montmartre vignette - l'Apothéose des chats
The Exhibition "The Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art" invites you to discover the radical and anti-establishment philosophy of artists living and/or working in Montmartre at the turn of the XIXth century. Spotlighting the Incohérents, the Hydropathes, Fumisme, the Quat’z’Arts cabaret and the Vache Enragée processions, the exhibition presents the importance of Montmartre as the centre of the Parisian avant-garde. 200 archival items and 150 works of art from the Museum’s collection as well as from public and private collections, document the means of artistic expression of this vibrant period of art: visual puns, satire and caricature -developed often in the ephemeral media of posters-, journal and book illustrations, song sheets and shadow theatre productions. These documents depict Montmartre’s streets, cabarets, café-concerts, circus and theaters,  all of which played an important part in the artistic life of the Butte.
"The Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art, 1875 - 1910" will be displayed in the Hôtel Demarne, as the inaugural exhibition of this new space.


Picasso in Montmartre. The Comic Book “Pablo” by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie

March 28, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Picasso at 20 years old: this is the subject of the exceptional comic book by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie, published in January 2012 by Dargaud Editions.
To celebrate the publication of the fourth and final volume of the series, the Museum of Montmartre presents the original drawings of Clément Oubrerie, showcased in our galleries alongside complementary documents such as the photographs, drawings and books already part of our collections. The exhibition brings to life the Montmartre of the early 20th century according to the comic book’s two romantic heroes, Picasso and Fernande Olivier, and their friends, the poets Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire, as well as the Montmartre of celebration and creation, from the Medrano circus to the Bateau-Lavoir studios.

About the exhibition “Picasso in Montmartre”. The Comic Book “Pablo” by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie

Guided Tour of the Exhibition: 

Every Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm.* Reservation required. Duration: 90 minutes.

Walking Tour “In the footsteps of Pablo”

Follow in the footsteps of Picasso and discover Montmartre by walking to the sites celebrated in the comic book series, "Pablo".

Every Sunday at 10:30 am.* Reservation required. Duration: 90 minutes. 

Educational Workshops for children age 6 to 12 years: 
Every Wednesday at 3:00 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am.* 
Reservations. Duration: 90 minutes. 

* This event is not offered on May 3-4, June 7-8, July 5-6, August 2-3. 
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Impressions à Montmartre, Eugène Delâtre & Alfredo Müller

September 14, 2013 to January 19, 2014
The Museum of Montmartre invites you to discover the Golden Age of printmaking in Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century. Eugène Delâtre (1864-1938), master of etching, collaborated with a number of artists in the area including Alfredo Müller, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Steinlen. The exhibition features his major works of the views of Montmartre and its nightlife, portraits and genre scenes. The prints by Alfredo Müller (1869-1939) showcase his favorite actresses: Sarah Bernhardt, Jane Avril, Marthe Mellot, and the dancer Cléo de Mérode. The exhibition will showcase his large compositions, as well as illustrations of the Vita Nuova by Dante.

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Around the Chat Noir, Art and Pleasure in Montmartre, 1880-1910

September 13, 2012 to June 2, 2013 
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The exhibition evokes the literary, artistic and musical atmosphere of the cabaret Chat Noir (Black Cat), founded in 1881 by Rodolphe Salis. More than 300 works are presented in the show, including works by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Edouard Vuillard, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Adolphe Willette, the Nabis and the Symbolists. There is also a reconstruction of the shadow theater with musical accompaniments (Bruant, Yvette Guilbert), as well as a showcase of Montmartre’s spectacular cabaret scene and bohemian lifestyle as represented by the Circus Fernando, the Moulin Rouge and the Bal Tabarin.