France gears up for night at the Robin museum

15th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Art lover will experience the museum as never before they will be given flashlights to view the art in the dark.

Paris – Art lovers who visit the Rodin museum in Paris for this year's Museum Nights festival will be given a flashlight to admire the sculptor's masterpieces in pitch darkness.

Hundreds of museums in France and in 40 more European countries will hold the annual dusk-to-midnight event on Saturday to encourage patrons to appreciate art in a different light.

Vietnamese folk songs are the highlight at the Cernuschi museum of oriental art in Paris and a giant card game in various languages is being held at the new national museum of the history of immigration in the French capital.

More than 2,200 museums, half of them in France, are taking part, offering free access to their collections, with special tours and concerts, according to the French culture ministry.

The Museum of English Rural Life in the British town of Reading is inviting art lovers to a slumber party while visitors to the Altamira paleolithic caves in Spain can take part in a project to decorate the site.

Museums Nights was launched in 1999 in France and other European countries have joined in since 2005. More than 1.1 million people took part last year in France.

AFP / Expatica

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