Art & Culture

Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris

Paris Museum of Decorative Arts (Musee des Arts Decoratifs) is located in the west wing of the famous Louvre, which is known as the Pavilion Marsan. It is a member of the organization “Decorative arts” and dedicated to design and decorative arts.

The museum was founded in 1905 by representatives of the French Union of decorative arts. The exposition of the museum has examples of interior design, furniture, religious paintings, objects of religious altars, wallpapers, Gobelins, interior adornments, glassware and ceramics, toys. Here you can see the things from the Middle Ages to the present times.

Basis of the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts – French carpets, cutlery and crockery, furniture from the city of Aubusson, porcelain from Sevres’s manufactory, glassware of such masters as Emile Galle and Rene Lalique. We can mark out and modern exhibits by the famous designers in the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Charlotte Perriand and Eileen Gray.

Very popular are the exhibitions devoted to certain time periods. A striking example is a part of the house of Jeanne Lanvin whose design was made by the famous master of the early twentieth century Albert-Armand Rateau. We can also highlight the dining room of the artist Eugene Grasset, relating to 1880, and “Gold Cabinet of Avignon” (1752).

The Museum of Decorative Arts – a symbolic place for many people and some of its exhibitions have become legendary. For example, Yvonne Brunhammer, who was a curator and museum director for over forty years, had organized the exhibition entitled “25 Years: Art Deco/Bauhaus/Style new spirit” (Les Annees 25: Art Deco/Bauhaus/Stijl Esprit Nouveau) where, in fact, the term Art Deco was invented. It characterizes the modern French design, rooted in the period between two world wars of the twentieth century.

By its nature and direction the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts has many in common with such famous museums as Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

Address of the Museum of Decorative Arts: 107 Rue de Rivoli, 1st District of Paris.

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