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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.
The French museum of photography, located in Bièvres in Essonne, possesses a collection of 25,000 objects, over one million photographs and a very rich library. It was created in 1964 by Jean and André Fage, photography lovers, and it presents the largest collection in Europe. Numerous pieces of equipment are exposed: dark rooms of the 18th Century, and the first cameras as well as today s numeric cameras. The museum website is digitizing a part of its collection: you can zoom in on the pictures, look at negatives, as well as cameras and books from the library.
Fragonard Museum takes you into a world of perfumes, and gives you an insight into the history of scents and fragrances. The museum conducts guided tours in which visitors learn about the craft of scent making, and get to see pictures of the same. There are also actual antique perfume bottles displayed here, in addition to other scent-related memorabilia. Visitors can enjoy a few of its interactive games, including a perfume smelling test. There is also a retail store from where you can pick up a few of your favorite fragrances.
The Fragonard museum is one of the oldest museums of France: created in 1766, it is part of the veterinary school. It possesses a unique collection of bodies and body parts, exhibited for the sake of human and animal anatomical studies, among which is a collection of freak animals, of diseased body parts, as well as of parasites – some of them were discovered at that time. The central piece of the museum is the "Écorchés by Fragonard," a collection prepared between 1766 and 1772 following the "natural anatomy" method consisting of body preservation in alcohol or by desiccation. Fragonard made some pieces for pedagogical purposes and some others for the sake of art: very impressive!
Constructed near the end of the 12th century, Château de Brie-Comte-Robert stands today as a symbol of French persévérance. Its history spanning nearly 800 years, Château de Brie-Comte-Robert has changed hands quite a few times. In the early 20th century, the Château was bought by the city in an effort to preserve it, and undo the damage of previous owners who had destroyed towers, built new homes, and renovated much of the original structure. The Château also offers a permanent exposition of archaeological artifacts that have been found during excavation and renovation. Located 25 miles SE of Paris, Château de Brie-Comte-Robert is a must-see for anyone interested in French history. Entry is free.
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.
Envisioned and opened by actor and antiques dealer Jean Paul Favand, Le Pavillions des Arts Forains is Paris' premier funfair museum. Housing everything from working amusement rides, merry-go-rounds and carousels to fair stalls and historical attractions, the museum brings over 100 years of carnival history to life. Its three large salons showcase the museum's collection of objects, while the garden allows visitors to wander through a dreamlike outdoor space. Situated in the 12th arrondissement, Le Pavillions des Arts Forains is any circus lover's dream.
Musée des Arts Forains was established in 1996 by Jean-Paul Favand, celebrated actor and art director. Breathing new life into a rustic warehouse at Les Pavillons de Bercy, this museum is an expression of allure and an ode to fairground art. Explore the scene for fairytale unicorns, magic fountains, distorting mirrors, regal theater props, opulent chandeliers and Belle Époque artifacts. The wonderland woods are replete with cottages and a Baroque castle that are reminiscent of fairytale classics. This museum also features a collection of 19th-century fair objects like stalls, carousels and other carnival rides.
The Théâtre du Merveilleux is an extraordinary place in which the visitor is actor and interacts with the environment, vintage attractions and artists. You are welcomed by the elephant hot-air balloon, and then you discover the scenery made of music hall, opera and fun fair elements. Videos are projected on the room s different structures. Several instruments such as the 1920 organ, the automatic piano, and the set of bells, all linked together by computer, create a totally unique musical atmosphere by making the room a gigantic music instrument. Have fun with the game of the unicorn, which is an astrological raffle with Japanese billiards, the spinning tops, the shooting boxes, the sliding games and a lot more!