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Arts & Museums
The small Galerie Martel is situated in an artistic neighborhood of the city. Rina Zavagli-Mattotti is the founder of the gallery which opened its doors in 2008 with the exhibition Bob Dylan Revisited. Since then a multiplicity of exhibitions with a concentration in graphic arts have been put on and visited at the gallery. Besides visiting the exhibitions for free, the originals can also be bought directly. Among past exhibitions are works by Robert Crumb, Thomas Ott and Art Spiegelman. Books and portfolios of and by the exhibited artists are also available at the gallery.
It was in the 18th Century in the midst of religious and political chaos that the Freemasonery movement appeared in France (founded in the 17th Century in England). Its ideas, based on freedom and tolerance, triggered factors of the French Revolution. The Freemasonery Museum is located in the Grand Orient building and exhibits various documents, objects and insignia retracing the broad outline of the movement from its origins, and depicting some famous freemasons and revolutionary figures such as the politicians. For more details, call ahead.
Choco-Story was the brain child of the Belgian Van Belle family. In 2004, they opened a museum in Bruges (Belgium) then one in Prague (Czech Republic). Since February 5, 2010, the chocolate museum called Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat has been delighting Parisians and tourists alike. On three levels, visitors will discover 4000 years of cocoa and chocolate history through an exhibition of over 1000 objects. Learn the modern techniques of production and taste some products during your visit. At the end of the tour, visitors will find some books and chocolate candies in the shop.
The choice at this auction-house supermarket is immense. Everything from furniture to art to wine is on offer here. For the convenience of buyers, viewings are held before the sale begins. Other things that go on auction include jewelry, musical instruments and antique watches. There is so much to see and buy here that even if you are not an ardent collector, you might just change your mind and become one. Check out the website for more information.
Founded in 1882, this museum has almost 250 wax figures depicting personalities from French history, art and politics. Bump into enigmatic film director Alfred Hitchcock in a compartment on the Orient Express, see young Mozart tickling the ivories, and get close to well-known singers, film stars and politicians. Some of French history's most poignant moments have been immortalized, such as Joan of Arc's trial, the imprisonment of young Louis XVII during the French Revolution and even France's victory in the 1998 World Cup. The museum also has a theater and superb sound and lighting, which was created for the 1900 World Fair.
Even if you don't plan on making a purchase, witnessing the dizzying speed of a legitimate auction can be exciting for anyone. Located in central Paris, the Salle Rossini is a perfect place to check out sales of modern art, furniture, and collectibles.
Over the years, Armaury Gallon has been a pioneer in the design and integration of vegetal pieces. He owns La Galerie Verte (The Green Gallery) in the 2nd arrondissement, where the latest trends are on display. Dedicated to landscaping, integrated art, the environment and Eco-responsible values, the gallery presents vegetable walls and tables, plants in artificial environments, all kinds of plants being grown via aeroponics, meaning they only need a simple spray of nutrient-rich water in order to be fed. You will also find plants that have the ability to absorb and fix some pollutive components. They are living specimens, showcasing a certain art of living. Every season, new collections and species are exhibited.
In 1993, threatened by closure, the Hoguet workshops, specialists in making fans, decided to exhibit a collection of more than 400 fans from the 18th Century to the present day. There is also a presentation on how to make this old fashion accessory. Varied in style (from those designed for the aristocracy to those created by fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld), this collection has enabled Hoguet to continue making fans for a very specific clientele.
This museum opened in 1986 in the Halle Saint-Pierre, a metallic structure typical of the 19th Century built at the foot of the Montmatre Hill. With 600 works of art, the collection assembled by Max Fourny is very representative of the 1970s naïve art. It is the only museum in Paris dedicated to this unique art form. To emphasize its specificity, temporary exhibitions focus on themes and art movements going beyond the academic norm.
Located at his three-floor residence, Musée National Gustave-Moreau is testament to the life and works of the French artist of the Symbolist movement, Gustave Moreau. Fulfilling his last wish, this museum exhibits his splendid art that influenced the Surrealism movement, as well as artists of the present time. Admire thought-provoking paintings, sketches, drawings, as well as sculptures that find inspiration in literature, the Bible and Greek mythology. Get an insight on Moreau's views by reading his descriptions, and gather your own interpretation from the fantastical characters as well. His renowned masterpiece, Jupiter and Semele, is a highlight of the exhibition.
Open in 1917 and completely refurbished in 1981, this permanent collection at the Richelieu site of the Bibliothèque Nationale (National Library) is an exhibit of five million coins and medals as well as other antique museum pieces (royal thrones, silverware, jewelry, etc). This treasure comes partly from the kings of France estates and was kept from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. Two rooms are dedicated to the history of art and currency.
The building that is now home to this museum originally belonged to painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) and his nephew, the writer Ernest Renan. After their deaths, the place became a celebration of their lives and their circle of intellectual friends, which included Chopin, Delacroix and George Sand. The museum's main room (devoted entirely to Sand) exhibits a selection of the novelist's personal belongings, including a collection of watercolors, lockets and jewelry. Temporary exhibitions on 19th-century artistic and literary life are organized on a regular basis in Ary Scheffers studio.