Bernard Buffet, An Intimate portrait
October 18TH, 2016 - March 5TH, 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.
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.
Montmartre, décor de cinéma
April 4th, 2017 - January 15th, 2018
without a doubt one of the most iconic neighbourhoods of Paris. Its charm and
rich history has inspired film directors from all around the world as well as
the French throughout the history of Cinema, from its beginnings to today (from
Lubitsch to Jeunet). The neighbourhood is personified, through films that
transform its recognisable and distinct scenery, to become an actor of the Big Screen in its own right .
The exhibition, Montmartre, décor de cinéma, follows geographic and dreamlike themes, depicting the
favourite/ preferred film locations (Blanche and le Moulin Rouge, la Place Pigalle,
Barbès, le Sacré-Cœur, Montmartre’s staircases...). Numerous film extracts will
celebrate the cinematographic treatment of one of the most sought after film
locations there is. Film posters, drawings and models for sets, photographs,
costumes and scenarios will illustrate this mythical neighbourhood, adopted by the world of 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.
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 –
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.
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.
Les billets vendus en ligne permettent un accès coupe-file au Musée. Attention, ces billets ne peuvent pas être retirés au Musée de Montmartre. Ils doivent obligatoirement être imprimés à domicile.
The Spirit of Montmartre and Modern Art, 1875 - 1910
October 17th, 2014 to September 13th, 2015
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Around the Chat Noir, Art and Pleasure in Montmartre, 1880-1910
September 13, 2012 to June 2, 2013
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.