Give music a chance

In conjunction with the exhibition Félix Fénéon organised jointly by the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie with the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, a symposium will be held devoted to this enigmatic but essential figure from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

Art critic, editor, art merchant, and collector of paintings and arts “from distant lands”, as he was fond of calling them, Fénéon exerted a considerable influence over the cultural life of his time.  
An anarchist adept in pointillism, he was a scout and defender of young talents  be these literary (Rimbaud, Apollinaire and Dostoevsky) or artistic  (including Seurat, Bonnard, Matisse, and the Futurists). As a passionate collector of primitive art, he raised the question in 1920 “Will they be admitted into the Louvre?”.
In order to better grasp the initiatives and commitment of a man who is still primarily known today for his “three-line updates”, this symposium in his honour will bring together international cultural history specialists in order to reconsider the place of this individual who silenced debate, in the esteemed words of Alfred Jarry, among avant-gardists.


  • Categorie : Symposia
  • SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

    • Philippe Peltier, curator of the exhibition Félix Fénéon, former Head of the Oceania and Insulindia Heritage Unit at the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac
    • Isabelle Cahn, curator of the exhibition Félix Fénéon, Chief Curator at the Musée d'Orsay
    • Scarlett Reliquet, Head of courses, symposia and conferences, the Cultural Department and the Auditorium, Musée d'Orsay
  • Place:   Salle de cinéma
  • TimeSlots:
    The Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 09:30 to 18:30
    au musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac
    The Thursday 24 October 2019 from 09:30 to 18:30
    Au musée de l'Orangerie
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap visuel
    • Handicap auditif bim (T)
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   Researcher, student, All publics
  • Free entry (subject to available places)
    Gratuit (dans la limite des places disponibles)

    Free (reservation required)
    Gratuit sur réservation

Around the event

Guided tours, workshops, concerts, etc.
all activities organized as part of the event

Around the event