4 May ‑ 11 Jul 2016 (every Mon, Wed to Fri) 10am ‑ 6pm (8 hours)
7 May ‑ 10 Jul 2016 (every Sun, Sat) 10am ‑ 7pm (9 hours)
1 Man Lam Road, Shatin, Hong Kong
Thurs to Mon: Adults $20 | Wed: Adults $10
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Le French May is proud to present the exhibition Claude Monet: The Spirit of Place, bringing French national treasures carefully preserved in French national museums and in private collections to Hong Kong. The exhibition is jointly organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais (RMN-GP) and made possible with the generous support from Mr. and Mrs Cheung Chung Kiu, and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Claude Monet (1840-1926) is undoubtedly one of the greatest landscape artists in the history of painting. Along with his fellow impressionists, he began working outdoors in the late 1850’s. From that point onwards, he selected landscapes in Normandy, London, Giverny, Venice and other regions. When he chose a place, it was not to spend a few hours there producing a single artwork; he stayed for weeks, months or years. In this way, his works explored all possible viewpoints, seasons, and variations. For nearly 70 years, his genius and perseverance ensured the images he composed became universally renowned. His landscapes captured the imperceptible differences constituting a landscape’s essence or spirit.

This exhibition features some of Monet’s most emblematic paintings, pastels and tapestries conserved in French public collections, showcasing his career through landscapes. In moving from a style inspired by past landscape artists to a more personal approach, he moved from the simple representation of a place to the production of a series of paintings and to modern art.

The exhibition will show the spirit of landscapes and the ever changing natural beauty on Claude Monet’s canvas, sharing the life and the love of nature by the famous painter and gardener.


Four sections dedicated to the most representing landscapes
The exhibition will showcase Monet’s works by places in four sections. Each section is dedicated to a specific place in France or Europe. The four sections are: Normandy and Brittany; Paris and the Île-de-France region; London and Venice; and Giverny with its famous water lilies. Each section features an audio-visual and multimedia display with images from Monet's time and today. Presentations provide additional information on the artist's life, the revolutionary nature of the Impressionist movement and outdoor painting, and the importance of water, sky, earth and light in Monet's work.


Multimedia visual experience
Multimedia displays create an interactive visual experience for visitors. Focusing on the water lily ponds, they help visitors understand the original way in which Monet designed his work. Audience can immerse in Monet’s world with the aid of an interactive multi-media projection of pond with water lilies, set in a re-creation of the garden in Giverny where Monet stayed in his late years.


Educational and outreach programmes
The Education Gallery will be a re-creation of Monet’s home in Giverny, a small town in France, with his living room, dining room, studio and garden. The setting will enable visitors to have a more comprehensive understanding of Monet’s life, the way he lived, and his works of art, introducing Monet as a real-life person rather than a legendary artist.



PUBLIC GUIDED TOUR
Date & Time: 4:15pm – 5:15pm on every Wed, Sat, Sun, and public holiday during exhibition period
Language: English
Admission: FREE, Enrolment starts at 3:45pm.
Please sign up at Tour Service Counter on G/F. Participants should hold a valid admission ticket for this exhibition or a museum pass.
For details: http://2016.frenchmay.com/EducationAndOutreach.aspx

ACCESSIBLE GUIDED TOUR
Date & Time: 6, 10, 13, 17 of June 10:15am – 11:15am, 11am – 12pm | 4 & 11 of June 10:15am – 11:15am
Language: Cantonese/ English
Admission: FREE, tour can be arranged upon request on a first-come-first- served basis.
Register on: http://2016.frenchmay.com/EducationAndOutreach.aspx

DRAWING WORKSHOP
Date & Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm/ 2:30pm – 4:30pm on May 8, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 18, 19
Language: Cantonese / English
Content: For kids to create their unique versions of Monet’s art, drawing equipment will be provided
Age: 6-12
Admission: FREE, details and registration: http://2016.frenchmay.com/EducationAndOutreach.aspx

TALK
Date: 29 May 2016 (Sun) 3:30pm-4:30pm
Venue: Eslite Bookstore, Causeway Bay
Speaker: Professor Greg Thomas (Professor of Art History, The University of Hong Kong)
Content: Monet and his art
Language: English
Admission: FREE
The first 30 current university student participants with valid student ID card will receive a complimentary Le French May notebook. Registration required on: http://2016.frenchmay.com/EducationAndOutreach.aspx , on a first-come-first-served basis.

Notes to visitors: Taking pictures is allowed for non-commercial purpose in the exhibition space without flash