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Celebrating 50 years of lunar exploration at Paris’ Grand Palais

Celebrating 50 years of lunar exploration at Paris’ Grand Palais

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Grand Palais is hosting an exhibition of 190 works from artists who are fascinated by our planet’s satellite.

From 3 April to 22 July 2019, the main hall of the Grand Palais will feature an exhibition entitled « Real and Imagined Journeys to the Moon » that explores our relationship with this planetary body. Set to the music of Pink Floyd, the event will display 190 works from well-known artists from ancient times all the way up to the modern era, including art by Marc Chagall, François Morellet, Joan Miro, Auguste Rodin, Félix Vallotton, and Man Ray.

The moon on display at Paris' Grand Palais

Featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, and videos, this exhibition on the moon, which has always fascinated humanity and inspired us to dream and reflect, does not explain the technical aspects of its scientific exploration. Instead, it encourages visitors to embark on an artistic journey with help from paintings and items that embody the countless visions and emotions that the moon has always inspired.

La nuit, effet de lune by Félix Vallotton
« La nuit, effet de lune », by Félix Vallotton places the moon in its natural environment. © BNF
The appearance of the Queen of the Night by Karl Friedrich Thiele
In « The appearance of the Queen of the Night », Karl Friedrich Thiele depicts the moon as divine. © BNF

The inaccessible brought within reach

The moon can be seen with the naked eye. It is discreet but omnipresent, and its light can spark the imagination. Our understanding of the moon comes from the instruments that are currently present on its surface. In the future, we’ll know more when countries send new probes to explore the opportunities it offers. Just don’t ask them for the moon…

Private Moon by Leonid Tishkov
The exhibition begins with the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and then goes back in time, as seen here, with « Private Moon » by Leonid Tishkov. © LT

Exploring the far side of the moon through art