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Arts & Museums
MAC/VAL is the Museum of Contemporary Art of Val de Seine located in a close Parisian suburb. Inaugurated in 2005, its goal is to present French artistic creation from the 1950s up to today. Famous pieces of art can be seen as well as more recent ones. In all, more than 1000 works of art are exhibited in a building of 13,000 square meters (139 square feet). Moreover, there is an amphitheater dedicated to conferences, artists speeches, festivals and showing of films about movies history. You can also have a walk in a 10,000 square meter (107 square feet)garden in which works of art are exhibited. The MAC/VAL s permanent collection includes artists such as Annette Messager and César.
L'Exploradome provides a great opportunity for children to learn about art and science. Through interactive exhibits, the young ones will learn about our technological and natural worlds. Many of the exhibitions are informative enough that even the adults will probably learn something.
In 1810, the Montrouge stone quarries became catacombs. Because of a lack of space in the graveyards of Paris, it is here, 20 meters (65 feet) underground, that the remains of six million Parisians are exhibited. These ossuaries, illustrated by texts, create a chilling atmosphere and describe some of the events in the history of Paris, giving visitors substance for meditation. During World War II, this network of galleries was used as a hideaway for the Résistance movement; its vastness and the discretion of its entrances were great assets indeed. Today, these subterranean passages allow visitors to explore the true underground of Paris; a must-visit!
This gallery is located in the famed Manufacture des Gobelins, which is a tapestry manufacturing factory, the history of which can be traced back to the 17th century. Beautiful paintings painstakingly created using the art of tapestry can be found on display here. This gallery is used as an exhibition space for various contemporary exhibitions and shows.
The glass and steel building, designed by the architect Jean Nouvel, that houses the Foundation Cartier, accurately reflects the specific concept of this museum. Created in 1984, this Foundation helps contemporary artists by promoting their works and exhibits a variety of works from paintings to videos to sculptures. The famous fashion designer Issey Myiake, whose work has sometimes been controversial, is one of the great names exhibited.
It was Bresson's wish to start his own foundation. Today, the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson is home to the artworks and archives of this great photographer. The foundation organizes three exhibitions per year, to showcase the talents of photographers, painters and sculptors. It also allows access to the precious archives for research purposes. If you are looking for quality art, this is where you should be.
For a twist to the usual contemporary paintings, head to Air de Paris where the specimens belong to various experimental genres that at one pique one's interest with their unique designs and concepts. The artists featured here are from all parts of the world, lending their individual experience in creating a variety treat for the client. A few note-worthy names include Carsten Hölle, Sarah Morris and Jean-Luc Verna.
These two museums present the Resistance movement and France's Liberation through the eyes of two exceptional men who came from opposite ends of the political spectrum: Maréchal Leclerc de Hautecloque (1902-1947) and Jean Moulin (1899-1943). Marshal Leclerc commanded the Division Française (the first Allied unit to enter Paris)and communist Jean Moulin was executed for being a member of the Resistance. Both museums remember the war through extensive photographic, documentary and film.
Bétonsalon is an association which manages an art and research center. Located in the heart of Paris 7 University, personnel and students as well as artists, neighbors and workers of the area are encouraged to get involved in the projects. Pictorial artists have regular exhibitions but the schemes also come from philosophers, choreographers and scientific people. Bétonsalon wants to question the role of art, of artists, and of cultural places in society in organizing workshops, exhibitions, visiting tours of the area, festivals, performances and operations in the public area. Sometimes, at lunch time, students give a show before they go back to class.
Les Frigos is a former refrigerated warehouse built in 1921. Trains used to go into the building with their goods in order to stock them in the fridges. However, this activity was halted at the end of the 1960s. In this building, 200 artists create and work every day. All the arts are represented: painting, sculpture, music, video, photography, theater, graphic design. Every year in spring, two open days and a few exhibitions enable the public to discover this place, visit the workshops, talk to artist, see performances, walk in the yard and listen to music. But it is also possible to contact, via the website, an artist which appeals to you in order to meet him/her.
Ever dreamt of eating in a squat? Maybe not, but don't be put off by the graffiti-ridden quirkiness of this hip, sumptious gem of a restaurant! Located on the ground floor of the infamous art squat Les Frigos, this gallery-cum-restaurant serves up delicious, hand-prepared Japanese cuisine by magnificent resident chef Mariko, who often dictactes the menu according to her whims and moods. Be sure to try the swordfish sauteed with sake or the okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes). The spirit of this locale retains much of the funkiness of the squat. You must often search for a chair; the inside is marked by piping and hand-made decorations but the innovative dishes, copious portions and great prix-fixe menu will push anyone to summon their inner foodie rebel.
From the beginning of the postal services to the present day, the Musée de la Poste retraces the history of mail through a series of anecdotes, as well as works of art. Visitors can enjoy the evolution of communication methods right from foot messengers, to the current day email, through the various displays at the museum. Le Musée de la Poste also focuses on fine arts, writing, history and society. Don't miss the collections of first maps of roads, and the large collection of postal stamps and mail art. Call for additional information.