This is the Parisian Museum of Romantic Life. As the name indicates, this museum is dedicated to love life and currently they host a temporary exposition named “Hearts – Romanticism In Contemporary Art”.

Le Musée de la Vie romantique presents an unexpected selection of 40 art works by thirty contemporary artists on the representation of heart as an expression of the feeling of love, echoing one of the main themes of Romanticism.

This exhibition aims to open the cultural program of the museum beyond the nineteenth century by exploring the continuation of Romanticism in contemporary art, in resonance with the museum’s collections. Like Romantic writers and painters who put the passions of the heart at the core of their creation, the exhibition takes visitors on an aesthetic discovery of the heart and its representation.

The heart as an organ, motif and symbol is presented here through various techniques: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, neon and photography. Some artists illustrate their feelings and interior torment in harmony with nineteenth-century Romanticism. Others use the motif as an aesthetic form and invite humanistic thinking by opening the horizons of feeling toward dreams, the ideal and the sublime.

the open heart

the engraved heart

the broken heart

the loving heart

the symbolic heart

the eternal heart

the artistic heart

In addition to the emblematic figures of Niki de S aint Phalle, J im Dine, Annette Messager, Sophie Calle, Pierre and Gilles, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Françoise Pétrovitch, visitors will be able to discover about twenty other artists in this exhibition.

Moreover, the visit is structured around seven sections offering a narration on love and continues throughout the museum and garden, inviting visitors to appreciate the permanent collection from a sensitive and poetic perspective. In addition, the concept of the visit is to make visitors experiment the various feelings of love by mentioning the major themes of seduction, love at first sight, declaration of love, eroticism, breakup, mourning and everlasting love. Miniatures, drawings and precious objects next to more spectacular formats mixing a naturalistic approach and idealistic vision illustrate this popular design, its symbolic meaning and its aesthetic adoption in today’s art.

In conclusion, this exhibition was opened on Valentine’s Day, with an exceptional day of free entrance for all art, music and poetry lovers. Therefore, it is linked to a very special day and has a rich cultural program, activities and tools facilitating the understanding — as a photo booth, a visit for kids, guided tours and workshops—will make the visitors’ heart pound at Le Musée De La Vie Romantique.


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