Jazz lovers, save the date! As each year since 2001, Saint Germain des Prés, the birthplace of jazz in Europe, organizes from May 15th to 29th 2011 the festival “Jazz à Saint Germain des Prés”. Creations, artists meetings, new talents, exhibitions, … In 14 places, close to the Relais Christine, you will be able to enjoy jazz music over and over! The festival “Jazz à Saint Germain des Prés” will propose unique and exceptional concerts, with the best French and international artists getting together in prestigious and unexpected places belonging to the historical, intellectual and architectural patrimony (Odeon theatre, Saint Germain des Prés Church, …). “Jazz à Saint Germain des Prés” also presents 2 photograph-exhibitions: “Ray Charles and Serge Gainsbourg : a story of musicians” and “Jazz at your fingertips”. Take the opportunity of your stay at the Relais Christine to enjoy this mythic music, so emblematic of Saint Germain des Prés!
Shigerun Ban and Jean de Gastines, the architects who conceived the Centre Pompidou in Metz, have re-imagined the spaces of the Musée du Luxembourg. The first museum in France opened in 1750 and was primarily located in the Palais du Luxembourg now hosting the French Senate. Since 2010, the management of the museum has been handed by the Senate to the Reunion of the French museums & Grand Palais of the Champs Elysées (RMN). Three main themes of exhibitions have been set: “Renaissance in Europe”, “Art and power” and “the Palace, the Garden and the Museum: le Luxembourg in the heart of Paris, capital of arts”.
While the renovation works of the museum will be achieved next fall, a part of it has already reopened and presents a major exhibition dedicated to a major painter of German Renaissance: Lucas Cranach (1472 – 1553). Do not hesitate to visit this exhibition to discover the great diversity in Cranach’s work that is also a testimony of the political and religious changes of his time, especially the Reformation.
When leaving from the museum, take a moment to enjoy the early spring light during a walk in the Luxembourg garden.