The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden Masquerade Ball Kicks Off Exhibition Programming

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Visitors to the Toledo Museum of Art will enjoy a season to delight Francophiles thanks to a robust slate of programming connected to its major exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.

Among the Museum’s celebratory moments are a masquerade ball, ballet performance and a screening of Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette.”

“We wanted to create a bit of fanfare around our collaboration with the Louvre,” said Mary Ann Stock, the Museum’s program coordinator. “This season, we’re celebrating Paris and everything that it represents in the American psyche: charm, romance and whimsy.”

The exhibition’s opening will be welcomed with a masquerade ball on Feb. 15 inspired by the royal fêtes of the Tuileries Garden. Masked partygoers can experience the exhibition as well as music, dancing, hands-on activities, light snacks and a themed photo booth from 7–10 p.m. Admission to the party is free for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers and $10 for nonmembers ages 6–12.

At 3 p.m. on March 9, the Great Performances in the Great Gallery program presents The Tuileries Garden au Coeur de Paris, a free performance of songs by iconic French composers and musicians including Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy. Soprano Joan Layne and pianist Kevin Bylsma will bring an afternoon in the Tuileries Garden to life alongside narrator Susan Palmer and performers from Masterworks Chorale and the Ballet Theatre of Toledo.

The programming also features a screening of Sofia Coppola’s New Wave-inflected film “Marie Antoinette” at 7 p.m. May 2 in the Little Theater. The movie is a frothy, stylistic take on Marie Antoinette’s journey from 14-year-old bride of the dauphin Louis XVI to 34-year-old queen facing the brunt of the French Revolution. It ends with her exile to the Tuileries Palace (destroyed in 1871), one of the architectural structures of Paris examined in the exhibition.

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden is on view Feb. 13–May 11, 2014 in the Canaday Gallery. Admission is free for Museum members, $8.50 for nonmember adults and $5.50 for nonmember seniors and students. The exhibition was organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art, with the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre. It is presented locally in part by The Andersons, Brooks Insurance and Taylor Cadillac.

Click here a list of exhibition-related programs. All are open to the public and free unless otherwise specified.

Corrections: The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibit and the exhibition’s opening already happened. February 13-May 11, 2014.

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