A Weekend in Paris Celebrating the Musée d’Orsay

A Weekend in Paris Celebrating the Musée d’Orsay

Save the date! American Friends Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) will put on its annual gala over the weekend of October 20-23 and patrons will get to experience the best that Paris has to offer. Invited to toast AFMO’s “weekend in Paris,” art enthusiasts and lovers of Parisian culture will get a taste of dazzling opportunities.

American Friends Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) raises public awareness and financial support for the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie. Patrons of AFMO support the museum’s newly enhanced exhibition programme, education, conservation of the collection and the modernising of its galleries.

AFMO Gala 2019. At the Orsay Museum

AFMO Gala 2019. At the Orsay Museum. Photo: Krystal Kenney

Every year the festivities kick-off with a cocktail reception at an exclusive venue where art lovers and Francophiles reunite, anticipating the showcase of Parisian wonders that membership in AFMO provides.

At the Orsay. AFMO gala 2019

At the Orsay. AFMO gala 2019. © Krystal Kenney

A small sampling of this year’s events includes a private tour of the Musée d’Orsay through the eyes of President Christophe Leribault, a private tour and privileged access to the secret creative world of the Cartier high jewelry workshops, a rare on-site presentation of the restoration of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and an afternoon visit to le Ritz Paris to experience a pastry-making class at the École Ritz Escoffier.

Notre-Dame as seen from across the river on the Left Bank

Notre-Dame as seen from across the river on the Left Bank – at a glance, it is easy not to notice the terrible toll of the fire. IMAGES © SHUTTERSTOCK, CAROLINE HARRAP

The menu continues with an exclusive visit and cocktail soirée at the Fondation Cartier, including a private tour of the first Paris exhibition of aboriginal artist Sally Gabori.

Saturday evening, members will don their finest attire to attend a gala evening with the champagne flowing at the Musée d’Orsay, including a private visit of special exhibitions “Edvard Munch: A Poem of Life, Love and Death,” and “Rosa Bonheur (1822 – 1889),” along with a dinner in the opulent Salle des Fêtes, a former 19th-century ballroom.

The gala weekend concludes with a farewell breakfast at Le Bristol Paris and a guided walk through the Parc Monceau.

AFMO at Le Bristol

AFMO at Le Bristol. Photo: Krystal Kenney

The weekend is a moveable feast as members celebrate art and friendship, while getting exclusive access to venues and experiencing the pride of supporting Franco-American friendship and cultural enrichment for the Musée d’Orsay and l’Orangerie.

Details on membership can be found by visiting the organization’s website: www.aforsay.org

Lead photo credit : Champagne at the Eiffel Tower. AFMO Gala 2019. Photo: Krystal Kenney

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A native of Los Angeles, Barbara is the France Today Ambassador for L.A. She graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in Political Science, and also received her JD degree from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, she spent her junior year in Grenoble, France. From that time on, she has been an avid and passionate Francophile. She has visited almost every region in France, and still pursues French language courses in Los Angeles. She has an apartment in Paris and continues to visit France every year.

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