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The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. This glorious major exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden and its impact on such artists as Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam and many others. It also celebrates garden designer André Le Nôtre (1613–1700)—best known for his grand perspectives and symmetry at the chateaux gardens of Versailles—who transformed the Tuileries from an outdoor museum for French royalty into a French formal garden for Louis XIV. The Tuileries, which stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was originally created in 1564 and became the city’s first public park in 1667.
Museum members receive free admission to The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Tickets for nonmembers are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors 65 and older and students.
The exhibition is 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.
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden presented in part by
Slideshow photos by Richard Putney
Feb. 21–May 18, Works on Paper Gallery
Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper looks at human interaction with nature, landscape and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Free admission.
Jan. 24–May 4, Gallery 28
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for March TMA the first time in 25 years. Painted as companion pieces, the two works remained together from their creation in the early 1750s until they came onto the open market in 1954. They were reunited in temporary exhibitions in London in 1968 and in Paris and New York in 1987 and 1988. Fragonard, considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus installation also includes engravings and a selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century. Free admission.
Jan. 24–April 24, Community Gallery
Inspired by its major international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, the Museum issued a challenge to both two- and three-dimensional artists to help fill the Community Gallery with works of art inspired by the natural beauty of the Toledo region. The Community Gallery is sponsored by Hickory Farms.
Events and Presentations
Feb. 15: 7–10 p.m., Main Museum
Music, dancing, food and mask-making will entertain revelers during a ball fit for Marie Antoinette. Masquerade dress is encouraged but not required. Admission is free for members, $25 for adult nonmembers and $10 for nonmembers ages 6–12. Tickets include admission to the exhibition.
Feb. 21: 7:30 p.m., Great Gallery
The Tuileries Garden in central Paris serves as a backdrop for the city’s activities, from the mundane (joggers getting their daily exercise) to the fabulous (Fashion Week runway shows). University of Toledo art historian Richard Putney, a frequent Tuileries visitor and co-curator of The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, will discuss the origins of the public park, which inspired the Museum’s major spring exhibition.
March 13: 6 p.m., Peristyle
A professor of French studies and humanities at Scripps College and director of its Clark Humanities Museum, Eric Haskell has earned numerous superlatives as an academic and scholar. He has been included in such lists as the “2,000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century” and “5,000 Personalities of the World.” The Francophile, who is an expert in the field of French garden history and landscape aesthetics, will discuss the significance of Paris’ Tuileries Garden’s most noted designer, 17th century landscape architect André Le Nôtre. The son of King Louis XIII’s head gardener, Le Nôtre grew up to become the renowned designer of the grounds at Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Tuileries, revolutionizing French formal gardens in the process. Haskell’s Masters Series lecture coincides with the spring exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. The Museum’s Masters Series is sponsored in part by TMA Ambassadors and this presentation is sponsored in part by the Country Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America.
March 20: 7-8 p.m., Throughout Museum
Kick off the weekend early with art, drinks and lively discussion at the new Museum program TMA Third Thursdays. March’s theme of Gardens and Games is a complement to the exhibitions The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden and Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard, and includes a host of evening programming. At 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater, enjoy a Tag Team Discussion from Toledo GROWS manager Yvonne Dubielak and Beyond Gaming CEO Blaine Graboyes, who will discuss the finer points of the evening’s theme. At 7 and 7:30 p.m., Art à la Carte, 20-minute art tours, are offered. At 7 and 8 p.m., visitors can partake in Drawing in the Galleries or watch glassblowing demos. A cash bar will be available in Libbey Court from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
March 21: 7:30 p.m., Great Gallery
The Tuileries Garden, the equivalent of Central Park to Parisians, serves as a backdrop for the city’s activities, from the mundane (joggers getting their daily exercise) to the glamorous (Fashion Week runway shows). University of Toledo art historian Richard Putney, a frequent Tuileries visitor and co-curator of The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, will discuss the role this historic public space plays in the lives of its 10 million annual visitors.
April 11: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Renowned American landscape architect Laurie Olin will discuss the work and influence of one of the greatest in his field: André Le Nôtre, designer of the gardens at Versaille, Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Tuileries. Olin will demonstrate how Le Nôtre’s influence can still be seen 400 years after his birth, as notable “modernists” continue to use his work as inspiration. Olin has designed everything from private residences to large public parks in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as TMA’s own Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden. Most recently, he was awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts bestowed by President Obama and the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture. Free admission.
May 8–11: Times vary, throughout Museum
The convergence of gardens and art will be celebrated during the Toledo Museum of Art’s first Art in Bloom, a four-day event featuring exhibitions, tours, an evening gala and a Mother’s Day brunch. Area florists and Museum glassblowers will collaborate on bouquets and vessels displayed throughout the Glass Pavilion, while in the Main Museum garden enthusiasts will exhibit arrangements inspired by the collection, from the classic to the abstract. Also, garden expert and Southern Living editor-at-large James Farmer will give a talk. Art in Bloom is sponsored by TMA Ambassadors. For the schedule of events, visit toledomuseum.org beginning in April.
May 9: 1 p.m.
A Brush with Art is a monthly series of cultural programs for visitors with early-stage memory loss. Each program includes discussion of a particular type of art along with an interactive component. This month, explore the exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Friends and family are welcome The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden to attend. Registration is required. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 419-537-1999 or 1-800-272-3900. Free admission.
May 2: 7 p.m., Little Theater
This Sofia Coppola-directed biopic is a stylistic retelling of the life of France’s teen queen, who grew up to become a symbol of monarchic extravagance with a vast wardrobe and a penchant for parties. Born to Austrian nobility, Marie (as played by Kirsten Dunst) is only 14 years old when she’s pledged to marry Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the 15-year-old king of France, in an alliance that has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with love. (2006, 123 min.) Free admission.
March 9: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
French music, from the classical compositions of Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy to the chansons of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, will be performed in this tribute to the heart of Paris, the Tuileries Garden. Soprano Joan Layne and pianist Kevin Bylsma are accompanied by narrator Susan Palmer, Masterworks Chorale and the Ballet Theatre of Toledo in this performance.
Exhibition ticket required for tours. Admission to The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden is free for members, $8.50 for nonmember adults and $5.50 for nonmember seniors and students. Meet in Libbey Court.
Feb. 14: 8 p.m.
Feb. 15 and 16: 2 p.m.
Feb. 21: 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 and 23: 2 p.m.
Feb. 28: 7 p.m.
March 1 and 2: 2 p.m.
March 7: 7 p.m.
March 8 and 9: 2 p.m.
March 14: 7 p.m.
March 15 and 16: 2 p.m.
March 21: 8 p.m.
March 22 and 23: 2 p.m.
March 28: 8 p.m.
March 29 and 30: 2 p.m.
April 4: 8 p.m.
April 5 and 6: 2 p.m.
April 11: 7 p.m.
April 12 and 13: 2 p.m.
April 18: 8 p.m.
April 19 and 20: 2 p.m.
April 25: 7 p.m.
April 26 and 27: 2 p.m.
May 2: 7 p.m.
May 3 and 4: 2 p.m.
May 9: 7 p.m.
May 10 and 11: 2 p.m.
FREE Family Center Activities
For children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult, art activities in the Family Center are sponsored in part by The Andersons.
Feb. 2: Noon–5 p.m.
Feb. 4 and 6: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Feb. 7: 3:30–8 p.m.
Stereoscopic photography was all the rage in 1850s France and visitors to the Tuileries Garden used it to see their favorite images in 3-D. Create your own version of a stereoscopic viewer to see your favorite work of art in the Museum’s collection.
Feb. 16: Noon–5 p.m.
Feb. 18 and 20: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Feb. 21: 3:30–8 p.m.
Become a green thumb by designing your own miniature sculpture garden inspired by the Tuileries.
March 2: Noon–5 p.m.
March 4 and 6: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 7: 3:30–8 p.m.
Tour the Museum’s produce garden, which is maintained in partnership with Toledo GROWS, and create decorative elements for it inspired by The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.
March 9: Noon–5 p.m.
March 11 and 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 14: 3:30–8 p.m.
Inspired by sculptures in The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, create a clay vessel inscribed with your own personal hero story.
March 16: Noon–5 p.m.
March 18 and 20: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
March 21: 3:30–8 p.m.
Design a royal palace inspired by the French architecture of the Louvre.
March 23: Noon–5 p.m.
March 25 and 27: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
March 28: 3:30–8 p.m.
Design a flower, vegetable, sculpture, water or rock garden—let your imagination run wild as you plot the map of your garden on graph paper.
March 30: Noon–5 p.m.
April 1 and 3: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
April 4: 3:30–8 p.m.
Contribute to the large-scale, three-dimensional installation piece in the Family Center that is inspired by The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.
April 6: Noon–5 p.m.
April 8 and 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 11: 3:30–8 p.m.
The Tuileries Garden was based on symmetry and balance. Using these principles of design, create your own garden full of flowers and trees.
April 20: Noon–5 p.m.
April 22 and 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 25: 3:30–8 p.m.
Using clay, create your own sculpture inspired by the bronze and stone creations seen in the Tuileries Garden.
Enjoy four wines and light snacks at these wine tastings themed to complement the exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Tastings are held in the Glass Pavilion. Tickets ($20 members/$30 nonmembers, plus tax) are available at the information desks.
Feb. 21: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Feb. 28: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Thursday & Friday | 6–8:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday | 1–4:30 p.m.
Located in Libbey Court next to the Museum Store through May 11.
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NOTE: Events are subject to change. Check the Event Calendar for updates.