Picasso Museum and Louis-Vuitton Foundation: Paris, capital of art




The réGermain-des-Prés, the Palace of the Monnaie de Paris opens its rooms to temporary exhibitions. So many reasons to go to the museum in Paris ...

The rebirth of the Picasso Museum in Paris



Finally ! The Picasso Paris Museum reopened its doors after five years of restoration of the Hôtel Salé (5, rue de Thorigny, 3e arrdt), the 17th century building that has housed it since 1985.

This is an enlarged museum that we are visiting now. The reception hall is now located in former outbuildings, while the cellar and upper floors have been transformed into exhibition spaces.

Spanning five levels, their area has almost doubled, from 2 m² to 300 m². All dressed in white, the rooms conceal 500 works of the 5 that make up the collection of this national museum, which is the largest in the world for Picasso.

The course is divided into Three parties. The main one is chronological, even if pieces from different periods rub shoulders here and there. We are propelled into a maelstrom of creativity.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, ceramist… Figurative in his beginnings, he co-invented cubism, particularly under the influence of African art, returned to figuration, accompanied the emergence of surrealism, etc.

- masterpieces are plethora: Self-portrait, La Célestine, Guitar (in three dimensions), Still life with a caned chair (collage), Portrait of Olga, Paul en Arlequin, La Course, studies for Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Jacqueline with crossed hands ...

In the attic, under beams which give an almost cubist aspect to the rooms where they are exhibited, canvases by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Modigliani, Douanier Rousseau or Miro indicate which painters the artist appreciated. In the basement, it is his various workshops that are mentioned.


Un auditorium, or new shop and one cafe with terrace overlooking the courtyard of the Hôtel Salé in fine weather: these are the other attractions of this reinvented museum.


Open every day except Monday, December 25, January 1 and May 1. Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 18 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 18 p.m. Night open on the 3rd Friday of each month, until 21 p.m. Full price: € 11, reduced price: € 9.

More info: Picasso Museum Paris website 

The Louis-Vuitton Foundation, contemporary art in the Bois de Boulogne (photo)

Dedicated to contemporary art, the Louis-Vuitton Foundation is sure to become one of the most popular sites for visitors to the capital. Rising to the edge of the Jardin d'Acclimatation (8, av. Du Mahatma-Gandhi, 16th arrdt) for which LVMH has the concession, it was wanted by the boss of this luxury company, Bernard Arnault.

Built from 2008 according to the plans of Frank Gehry (author of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao), the building is spectacular. With its twelve glass sails held together by a complex structure of wood and steel, it indeed takes on the appearance of a gigantic sailboat, unless it is a spaceship ...


Totaling 11 m², of which 000 m² are accessible to the public, it alone deserves a visit, from its base bordered by ponds and a stepped waterfall, to its summit where terraces offer great views of the Bois de Boulogne and La Défense.


Every detail of this extraordinary building is worth a look, especially as artists have been associated with the creation of certain spaces or decorative elements.

The "museum" part strictly speaking consists of 11 dedicated galleries the presentation of works from the Foundation's collections or commissions, as well as various temporary exhibitions.

To see among others, creations (installation, painting, video ...) by Olafur Eliasson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Ellsworth Kelly, Sarah Morris, Taryn Simon, Adrian Villar Rojas, Christian Boltanski, John Giorno, Pierre Huyghe, Bertrand Lavier, Gerhard Richter , Thomas Schütte ...

Finally, note that on board this ship you still have an auditorium, a bookstore and a restaurant.

Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 pm-19pm, Friday until 23 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-20pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Full price: € 14, reduced price € 10.

More info: Fondation Louis-Vuitton website

La Monnaie de Paris goes to exhibitions

The national factory installed on the Quai de Conti (6th stop) is made up of several buildings which have been the subject of restoration and redevelopment work since 2011.

 The first phase of the project entitled “MétaLmorphoses” has just been completed with the opening to the public of an 18th century palace facing the Seine. It is now devoted to temporary exhibitions in the form of dialogues between contemporary art and crafts.

The first is called “Chocolate Factory”. This is a vast installation by Paul McCarthy whose heart is a true chocolate factory that produces wacky Christmas-themed figurines (October 25 to January 4). Also in the palace: Guy Savoy's new restaurant.

Coming in 2016: reopening of the museum and visit of the workshops (collector's coins, jewelry, art objects, etc.), pedestrian streets, a garden, shops, etc.

Open every day from 11 a.m. to 19 p.m. Nocturnal on Thursday until 22 p.m. Closed on December 25 and January 1. Full price: € 8, reduced price € 5

More info: Monnaie de Paris website

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