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Maison de la Magie Robert Houdin

Maison de la Magie (Blois) ouvert d’Avril à début Novembre

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La maison de la magie vous fera pénétrer dans l’univers de celui qui est encore considéré comme l’un des plus grands magiciens de tous les temps : Robert Houdin.

Située face au Château royal de Blois dans une grande maison bourgeoise de 1856. Inaugurée le 1er juin 1998, il s’agit du seul musée public en Europe à présenter en un même lieu des collections de magie et un spectacle vivant permanent, différent chaque année.

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Lieu de spectacle, musée et site interactif sur les arts de la magie, la Maison de la magie n’a pas fini de vous étonner ! Avant même d’y entrer, vous ferez la connaissance du dragon à 6 têtes qui est le gardien de ce lieu et qui surgit aux fenêtres toutes les demi-heures.

Initiez-vous ensuite aux arts magiques sur plus de 2 000 m² et 5 niveaux de découverte pour petits et grands. La visite débute par la Rotonde, beau décor de temple grec : l’histoire de la magie se dévoile grâce à des automates.

Puis, place aux Illusions optiques dans la seconde salle, avec des découvertes étonnantes au milieu de miroirs, de perspectives renversées, fausses ou infinies…Prenez ensuite le Passage des mystères, admirez des affiches, des accessoires, et toute la panoplie nécessaire à tout bon magicien (baguette, chapeau, malle…).

Le Foyer Méliès change décor tous les ans, en fonction de l’exposition présentée, mais cette belle salle vous plonge en permanence dans l’ambiance du « Théâtre des Soirées fantastiques », propriété de Robert Houdin. Dans le théâtre Christian Fechner, découvrez le spectacle de magie, avec chaque année un inédit.

Sur la passerelle Harry-Houdini, vous verrez quels tours époustouflants réalisait ce magicien américain, influencé par Robert Houdin. La salle Robert-Houdin vous plonge dans l’univers du prestidigitateur, avec certaines de ses inventions, des livres anciens, une reconstitution de son atelier d’horloger… C’est aussi l’occasion de comprendre et d’observer le mécanisme des dragons depuis l’intérieur !

La visite se termine par l’Hallucinoscope, inventé par Gérard Majax. Grâce au principe du miroir, vous percevez une réalité inversée et plongez dans l’univers de « 20.000 lieues sous les mers »…

La Maison de la magie, c’est aussi :

  • Des ateliers Découvertes pour les enfants et les familles, ainsi que pour les scolaires
  • Des initiations à la pratique magique
  • Un centre de formation aux arts magiques, en relation avec le C.I.P.I. (Centre International de la Prestidigitation et de l’Illusion)
  • Des spectacles de magie différents tout au long de l’année.

 

EN SAVOIR PLUS SUR L’HISTOIRE DE LA MAGIE

Dans l’Antiquité, les prêtres cherchaient à mettre en avant « les mystères » en utilisant, par exemple, des chambres à échos pour faire croire aux fidèles que les divinités s’adressaient à eux. Vous trouverez à la Maison de la Magie une maquette représentant « le temple truqué grec » dont les portes s’ouvraient toutes seules… enfin presque !

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Le Moyen Age est en revanche une période sombre pour les prestidigitateurs. En effet, l’Eglise condamne les pratiques qu’elle considère comme démoniaques et hérétiques. A cette époque, les magiciens se produisent dans la rue ou encore sur les marchés. Le public apprécie alors ce que l’on appelle « l’escamotage » qui consiste à faire apparaître et disparaître des objets, ou encore le « bonneteau », numéro qui nécessite des gobelets et de petites boules en liège. L’une des figures de cette époque était Jéhan Trois Echelles qui faisait disparaître une poule posée sur une table.

Le XVIIIe siècle est une période plus favorable pour les magiciens. Ils se produisent alors partout en Europe, devant les souverains. Joseph Pinetti, qui était devenu physicien du roi, fut le premier à utiliser les automates et l’électricité dans son spectacle. C’est aussi l’époque de la fantasmagorie dont les processus permettent l’apparition de fantômes et d’esprits.

Le XIXe voit l’apparition de deux courants de la magie. On distingue alors les saltimbanques et les physiciens. Les premiers se produisent dans la rue avec des tours traditionnels, alors que les seconds utilisent des phénomènes physiques.

 

BIOGRAPHIE DE ROBERT HOUDIN

Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, est le plus célèbre illusionniste français du XIXe siècle. Né Jean-Eugène Robert à Blois en 1805, il allie plus tard à son patronyme le nom de sa femme, Cécile Églantine Houdin.

Après des études au collège d’Orléans, il se rend à Paris où il étudie l’horlogerie, l’électricité et la construction d’automates. Il dépose plusieurs brevets d’inventions. Devenu horloger reconnu, il travaille pour la Maison Destouche.

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Photo de Robert Houdin

Il découvre l’illusionnisme dans le recueil d’un bonimenteur dénonçant le charlatanisme, le docteur Carlosbach. Remarié après la mort de sa première femme, il entame sa carrière de prestidigitateur.

Un collectionneur, le comte de l’Escalopier, devenu son ami, lui avance la somme nécessaire pour ouvrir un théâtre de magie à Paris. Le 3 juillet 1845 a lieu la première des « Soirées fantastiques de Robert-Houdin », rue de Valois, au Palais-Royal. C’est le succès immédiat. Il y présente des automates magiques comme L’Oranger Merveilleux et des expériences inédites comme La Bouteille inépuisable ou La Suspension éthéréenne

En quelques années Robert-Houdin fait fortune. Il laisse son théâtre, qui entre-temps s’est installé boulevard des Italiens, à son beau-frère Hamilton. Robert-Houdin retourne vivre à Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt près de Blois dans une propriété, « Le Prieuré », il y meurt en 1871.

En 1888, le théâtre est vendu par ses héritiers à Georges Méliès, lui-même illusionniste qui fonde l’Académie de prestidigitation en 1891. Georges Méliès suit ses traces en inventant les premiers trucages cinématographiques. Enfin, un certain Ehrich Weiss, connaîtra une célébrité mondiale sous son nom de scène, Harry Houdini, pseudonyme qu’il a adopté en hommage à Robert-Houdin.

 

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Ouverture du Musée Snoopy à Tokyo – Pour les enfants mais aussi les adultes

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Un petit museau noir, des oreilles tombantes, un ventre blanc légèrent rebondi, un fin collier et une posture de bipède… Il s’agit bien de Snoopy, l’intrépide chien de la bande dessinée Peanuts. Il a désormais son musée, situé à Tokyo, à quelques minutes à pied de la station de métro Roppongi, le Snoopy Museum a ouvert ses portes fin avril 2016.

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Les visiteurs ont la possibilité de voir des dessins animés originaux uniques de la collection du M. Schulz Museum. Cela inclut des œuvres créées par M. Schulz lui-même, avec des personnages populaires comme Snoopy et Woodstock et des objets originaux. En outre, des croquis inédits et des illustrations sont affichés dans une section mettant en évidence un côté inconnu de Schulz, sûr de surprendre et ravir même ses fans les plus loyaux.

Pour fêter l’ouverture du musée, une exposition baptisée “Mon Peanuts préféré”, rassemble environ 60 planches originales et annotées choisies avec attention par la femme de l’auteur américain. Quel plus bel hommage pour Charles Schulz, décédé des suites d’un cancer en 2000, et qui n’avait jamais cessé de dessiner son personnage-phare depuis 1950.

Une exposition spéciale au travers de laquelle des auteurs de divers domaines expriment leur attachement à « Peanuts » se tient également.

Dans la boutique du musée BROWN’S STORE, les visiteurs peuvent acheter des objets originaux et inédits tels que des dessins, des vêtements de mode ou de la nourriture.

Alors, plongez vite dans l’univers de Snoopy en plein cœur de Tokyo!

 

POUR MIEUX COMPRENDRE CE MUSEE

Snoopy est un personnage principal du comic strip Peanuts. Lui et son maître Charlie Brown sont les principaux protagonistes de la bande dessinée. Au fur à mesure du comic, son comportement devient « humain » : il se met à marcher sur ses deux pattes, à penser et à philosopher.

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Photo de Charles Schulz – Créateur de Snoopy

 

Il a des habitudes plutôt extravagantes, comme celle de dormir sur le toit de sa niche et vit dans un monde fantaisiste, se prenant pour un astronaute (le premier beagle à avoir marché sur la lune, avant même la mission Apollo 10, laquelle adoptera les noms de Charlie Brown, pour le module de commande et de Snoopy, pour le module lunaire), un aviateur de la Première Guerre mondiale, perpétuellement aux prises avec l’as allemand des airs Manfred von Richthofen, le Baron Rouge, le joueur de billard Eddie Vite-fait du film L’Arnaqueur, le légionnaire Beau Geste, un célèbre écrivain, un grand joueur de hockey, un joueur de tennis, un scout, etc.

Il a de nombreux frères et sœurs, dont Belle, Spike, Andy, Olaf et Tupfen. Son meilleur ami est Tomy , un petit animal belge contraint, à l’occasion, de lui servir de secrétaire.

 

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Maurice Denis museum – Outstanding collection of Nabi works

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Maurice Denis Museum – Saint-Germain en Laye (France)

Maurice Denis museum, internationally renowned houses an outstanding collection of Symbolist works, Nabis or Pont-Aven group with artists such as Gauguin, Bonnard, Denis, Vuillard, Roussel, Bernard, Ranson …

 

Who are the Nabis?

At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the artists of the Nabis (“prophets” or “inspired by God” in Hebrew) are part of a vanguard that is the origins of modern art.

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Paul Serusier – Le Bois d’Amour

Maurice Denis, Sérusier, Bonnard, Vuillard, Ranson … and their friends were marked by the lesson given by Paul Gauguin in Pont-Aven. The picture painted by Sérusier under his leadership in 1888 is their Talisman (Landscape in the Bois d’Amour, Paris, Musée d’Orsay).

Les Nabis does not seek to reflect in their works an observed reality. For them, paint is transposing the nature and give a plastic and colorful equivalent to sensations, emotions or moods. Serving the Symbolist art, they choose the synthesis and stylization of forms. Subjective colors they use are laid in flat areas separated by dark circles. Their artistic production is also characterized by a sense of decor, by the use of arabesques and often Japanese style inspiration.

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Maurice Denis – Plage au bonnet rouge

Eager to integrate art into everyday life, these artists are also creators of ceramics, stained glass, furniture, posters, stage sets … They are also closely related to literary and musical movements of their time. During fifteen years, between 1888 and 1903, the Nabis will form, with their openness and their wealth of inspiration, a particularly innovative movement.

 

The Maurice Denis museum and its collections

The museum is the former home of artist Maurice Denis, painter and theoretician of the Nabi movement, which lived in this property from 1914 until his death (1870 – 1943).

The initial funding of the museum is the result of exceptional donation made in 1976 by the family of Maurice Denis. Since then, the collections were enriched by many donations and acquisitions of works of Symbolist and Nabis artists. Are thus presented works of painters who have marked the history of modern art: Gauguin, Sérusier, Vallotton, Bonnard, Vuillard, Verkade, Ranson, Lacombe, Redon, Mucha, Anquetin …

Composed largely of paintings, the collections also include graphic works, sculptures and pieces of furniture and art objects: fans, screens, stained glass … All these elements to capture the will of the Nabis artists to integrate art in everyday life.

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The Most Stunning Contemporary Art Museums In Paris

The bounds of art have moved far beyond the ordinary. And if there is one city that displays a stunning and spell-binding collection of contemporary art, it is yours truly, Paris alone! From dramatic abstract art to innovative art master pieces, various Paris museums of modern art are producing hard-hitting displays!

Centre Georges Pompidou

Opening its doors first in 1977, the Centre Pompidou exceeded all expectations. The Italo-British architectural duo of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers became known for their ingenious creation of an ‘inside-out’ boiler house approach. When tourists visit this building they are overwhelmed at how the air-conditioning, escalators, etc are built OUTSIDE the building, leaving the inside rather clear. The Centre Pompidou proudly houses the second largest collection of modern art in the world, after the Moma, with over 50,000 works by 5,000 artists on its website. In display, however, a fraction of 600 works can be viewed at a time.

La Gaîté Lyrique

A passion for technology and digital art? The La Gaîté Lyrique, formerly known as Belle Époque Gaïté Lyrique theatre has been revamped and transformed to allow visitors to indulge in digital, music, graphics, film, fashion, and design manifestation of art. When 19th-century composer Jacques Offenbach developed the theatre, it was a far cry from contemporary art display. Today, however, building has been through various architectural innovations, now a center point for the city’s cultural expression and live multimedia performances.

Espace Claude Berri

Claude Berry, one of France’ most respected and renowned film directors and producers had made quite a name for himself with some successful releases and international hits with Jean de Florette and Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis. However, in the year 2008, he redefined his fame by making a monumental contribution in the contemporary art world: the founding of Espace Claude Berri – a venue for exhibitions by some of the hidden and up-coming talents in the art world, including Berri’s own impressive collection.

The mogul, also a connoisseur of art, had been purchasing paintings from 1970, and by the time of his death had a unique collection, talked about all over in France. With a vision to display his stunning art collection, he opened the doors of Espace Claude Berri, where besides his collection, visitors can also find the works of living artists from around the world. Contemporary and modern art in all its glory – that’s what you’ll find here!

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Situated at the east wing of Palais de Tokyo, the modern art museum displays a stunning collection of works by the Delaunays, Fauves, Cubists, the Ecole de Paris and Fautrier. Furthermore, you may find yourself feasting your eyes on deco furniture, Raoul Dufy’s vast mural, La Fee Electricité, halfway up the stairs and various art expressions on ceramics.

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The Cluny Museum in Paris – A trip to the Middle Ages

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Push the door of the Cluny Museum, is first to enter a unique building that meets in the heart of Paris two prestigious buildings: the Gallo-Roman baths of Lutetia, built in the late first century, and the Hôtel des abbés de Cluny built in the late fifteenth century.

It is also access to a major collection of works from a broad geographical area extending from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia and the British Isles. Colorful, diverse, sometimes bizarre, the collections include paintings, sculptures, tapestries, stained glass, silverware or ivory, and offer a rich panorama of the history of art.

The Lady and the Unicorn, tapestry with a romantic story a thousand times celebrated, sculptures of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris and the windows of Sainte-Chapelle, or the Rose and the Basel golden altar are some of the masterpieces that are kept there.

The medieval garden offers a nice extension to the visit and establishes a connection between the original collections, the building and the urban environment.

 

 

History of the Baths

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The Bath of Cluny

The palace of the Thermes, or hot baths, served at the same time also as a citadel, it was built probably in the time of Emperor Constantius, the Caesar in Gaul, the conqueror of England, who lived from 287 to 292 AD in Lutèce.

In the year 360, the Caesar Julian the Apostate was in this same palace proclaimed Augustus, that is to say emperor by the army and the people and he fastened his fame, as it is commonly called the Baths of Julian. After him, the emperors Gratian and Valentinian spent the winter.

 

History of the Hôtel de Cluny

This building, started in 1485 by Jean de Bourbon, abbot of Cluny, continued in 1490 by his successor Jacques d’Amboise, was completed in 1514. It has one of the most elegant monuments ever produced by Gothic art on the eve of the next evolution in the Renaissance inspirations.

It was in this house that the abbots of Cluny nobles were hosting the crowned heads; first it was Mary of England, sister of Henry VIII and widow of Louis XII; she left her name to the chamber of the white queen to remind that the widows of the kings of France were mourning in white; Jacques then king of Scotland, who celebrated his marriage to Madeleine de France, daughter of Francis I, and the princes of Guise, the papal nuncios, etc.

Became national property in 1790, the Hôtel de Cluny was sold to Dr. Baudot, then to Mr. Leprieur, a large Paris bookseller, who installed their stores. In 1833, Mr. Sommerard the son of a rich business man, gather old masterpieces, weapons, costumes, manuscripts, ceramics, statues, paintings, fabrics and jewels for his personal collection, and he decided to install his valuable collection in the Hôtel de Cluny. At his death, the hotel and the collection are purchased by the State, the museum was born.

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Alexandre du Sommerard

Mr. Sommerard son, worthy collaborator and continuer of the work of his father, died after serving until his last day as curator of the National Museum of Cluny.

 

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Robot a new friend for the Museum

The robot left between fiction and massively enter in industry, services and everyday life. Museums and heritage sites are no exception to this trend. A French monument has even been pioneering in 2007. Panorama robotic practices in heritage in France and throughout the world.
A ROBOT FOR REMOTE VISIT

The robot can first get over the remote visitor. French authorities and several museums are adopting robots, structures on wheels equipped with cameras, a microphone and a screen. The visitor away geographically, or because of his health or physical disability can take easily control and conduct the visit remote museum. Placed at eye level, the camera zooms in and examine the objects in the collection as microphones and speakers make possible interaction with other visitors.

This technology is already used in permanent museum Autun since early 2014 or the Museum of the Great War in Meaux from December 2014.

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A ROBOT TO EXPLORE

The robot explorer takes the place of the visitor there any visitor can get. Too fragile areas, night museum visitors away … then take control of the robot usually consists only of cameras and thus enjoy a unique experience.

Precursor, the Palace of Versailles has installed a robot within its walls in 2007, in the Grand Versailles Numérique project. Through a partnership with Orange, closed to the public rooms were visitable by the owners of a good internet connection.

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A ROBOT AS A MEDIATOR

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo hosted in June 2014 two androids responsible for the reception and mediation with visitors. Docent guide the robot was he present in a Korean museum for several years.

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Monnaie de Paris a Major Venue for Contemporary Art Exhibition

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La Monnaie de Paris – Quai Conti view

LA MONNAIE DE PARIS AND ITS MISSION
La Monnaie de Paris has a public service mission: the striking common currencies on its production site in Pessac (Gironde), for French euros like other currencies in Europe and in the world.

Maintaining a high tradition in crafts related to metal, it has another mission edition commemorative art: collection of coins, medals, decorations, art castings and jewelry, made on its historic site the Quai Conti (Paris 6th).

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HOTEL DES MONNAIES HISTORY
Hotel de la Monnaie de Paris was built during the reign of Louis XV, on the site of the Grand Hotel de Conti on the left bank of the Seine, the Paris Mint consists of a palace and a factory architect’s works Jacques Denis Antoine (1733-1801).

Splendid witness of neoclassical architecture, the main body of the Palace wife over a length of 117 meters line of Quai de Conti. It is flanked by two side wings on Conti Street and Guénégaud impasse. Dubbed a factory, the palace has a majestic reception room “Guillaume Dupré room”, the largest series of rooms in Paris overlooking the Seine and a staircase to the admirable proportions.

Finally the Monnaie de Paris has a small architectural gem: a mansion built by Jules Hardouin Mansart in 1669, also called “Wing Mansart.”

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EXHIBITION CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
La Monnaie de Paris also supports contemporary artistic creation. It thus presents exhibitions of French and international contemporary artists (David LaChapelle, Daniel Buren, Julien Berthier, Willy Ronis, Jean Prouvé) and participates in recurring events that combine other cultural institutions (Photoquai and the Parcours des Mondes first arts).

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Paul McCarthy Exhibition

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The Paris Army Museum – Hôtel des Invalides

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Army Museum – Invalides / Paris

To understand the history of the Army Museum we need to go back to the seventeenth century.

In the seventeenth century, when there was no structure to house disabled soldiers, Louis XIV decided by the 1670 order to build « un hostel royal pour y loger tous les officiers et soldats tant estropiés que vieux et caduques ».

Under the reign of Louis XIV hotel’s success is affirmed, nearly six thousand invalids will be admitted between 1676 and 1690. To heal the sick the hospital employs prestigious physicians and surgeons foreshadows the first modern hospital where hygiene rules are rigorous, and with active clinical research. And define the outset missions which the institution is now heir after more than three centuries of existence.

This hotel, where the spiritual life is an important part, is enriched in 1678 by the construction of the church of the soldiers, became St. Louis, then by that of the dome, or royal church, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1706.

The Hotel des Invalides still hosts a hundred badly disabled war veterans of the French armies. The Authority of the mission is the National Institution invalid.

It was not until 1872 that the hotel gets a museum function: Artillery Museum in 1872 and the Historical Museum of Armed forces in 1896, the two are merged in the army museum in 1905.

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One of the Museum room

Today the museum with 8000 m² (museum, two churches) preserve 500 000 listed objects. These figures make the Museum of the Army’s the largest military history museum in France and one of the very first in the world.

The permanent collections are divided into so-called “historical” collections, corresponding to a chronological circuit from ancient times to the end of the Second World War, enriched with objects belonging to sets “thematic” (emblems, paintings, decorations …). These thematic collections are to be presented over the historic rooms or confined to specific areas.

The Dome Church (plan Mansart) with the highest openwork lantern at 107 m, the large fresco under the dome by Charles de La Fosse and its gilded dome in 1989 to mark the bicentenary of the French Revolution for the fifth time since its creation (12 kg of gold were necessary for this operation).

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Napoleon’s tomb

The museum is also a real military pantheon with the tombs housing the heart of Vauban, the remains of Turenne and the heart of the Tour d’Auvergne; The Dome mainly welcomes the tomb of Napoleon I, the graves of his brothers Joseph and Jerome Bonaparte his son, the King of Rome, General (Bertrand and Duroc) and marshals (Foch and Lyautey).

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A Museum + Gardens + A Wineyard = Montmartre Museum in Paris

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Montmartre Museum and Renoir gardens

The Montmartre museum is certainly the most charming museum in Paris! It was created in 1960 in the oldest building in the Butte, who was also the place of residence of many artists as Auguste Renoir, Emile Bernard, Raoul Dufy, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, etc.

It houses a unique collection of paintings, posters and drawings and relive the history of the Butte, the artistic effervescence of its workshops, the Boat wash-house with Cortot workshop, and the atmosphere of its famous cabarets, the Lapin Agile at the Moulin Rouge.

You will also find next to the gardens museum Renoir Gardens, they were restored in memory of Auguste Renoir, impressionist painter who lived here in 1876 and 1877. During his stay, he painted several masterpieces whose Bal du moulin de la Galette and The Swing.

Renoir Gardens also offer a view of the vineyards of Clos Montmartre, the symbol of an ancient winemaking tradition that has its roots in Roman times and reached its peak in the late 18th century. Today the vineyard production is about 1100 bottles (all numbered). Public access is not allowed, except for special occasions, such as “Gardens Festival” held every fall since 1980 by the city of Paris.

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Clos Montmartre – Wineyard

Note that the grapes are pressed in the cellars of the town hall of the 18th district. Every year in October is organized in a Montmartre Harvest Festival of Montmartre, the wine is then sold at auction. The benefit is for the social welfare of the Butte.

Regarding the quality of the wine of Montmartre it was until the mid 1990s a wine of medium or poor quality. In 1995, the town hall of the 18th district hired an oenologist, Francis Gourdin, with the mission to make “real” wine from the vineyard, without the addition of foreign grapes or dyes, and avoiding any Chaptalisation.

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Vin Clos Montmartre

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The fabulous collections of the Louvre

The Louvre Museum presents works of Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848 of ancient civilizations that preceded and influenced and arts of Islam.

The Louvre is 35,000 works exhibited on some 460,000 that keeps the museum. Collected for over five hundred years, their core is the acquisition of Francis I, focused heavily on Italian artists of his time: Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, he invited in 1516 to stay in France and which it will buy the Mona Lisa. Early forties masterpieces that will bring together are still the favorite works from the public. As Francis I, Louis XIV significantly enrich the collections of the Louvre. He will bring together more than 1,500 paintings, statues, antiques and a collection of 5,542 drawings, which form the core of the current department of graphic arts. Subsequently, the collections will enrich revolutionary seizures and wars loot and purchases and donations.

The collections are divided into eight departments that have their own history, linked curators, collectors and donors.

 

Department of Paintings
The Department of Paintings reflects the encyclopedic scope of the Louvre works representing all European schools of painting, from the thirteenth century to 1848.

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Department of Paintings

Department of Egyptian Antiquities
The Department of Egyptian Antiquities presents vestiges of civilizations that succeeded on the banks of the Nile, from the end of prehistory (around 4000 BCE) until the Christian era (from the fourth century AD. AD).

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Department of Egyptian Antiquities

Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman
The Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities brings together the work of three civilizations: Greek, Etruscan and Roman, illustrating the artistic activity of a vast region: Greece, Italy and throughout the Mediterranean basin, whose history stretches from Neolithic (fourth millennium BC. AD) in the sixth century AD.

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Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities

Department of Oriental Antiquities
The traditional historical and geographical context of this collection covers a period of nine thousand years from Prehistory to the Early Islamic period and a territory that stretches ranging from North Africa to the Indus and Asia Central and Black Sea (Anatolia) in the Arabian Peninsula (to the Indian Ocean).

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Department of Oriental Antiquities

Department of Sculptures
The Department of sculptures from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times has the largest collection in the world of French sculpture, and the masterpieces of Italian and German sculpture.The Louvre History section contains the documentation for the general history of the museum and the palace. It retains the objects from excavations of the area.

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Department of Sculptures

Department of Decorative Arts
The Decorative Arts Department offers a unique set of objects of shapes, materials and varied eras ranging from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, jewelry, metalwork, enamels, ivories, bronzes and precious stones, ceramics , glassware, stained glass, furniture, tapestries …

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Department of Decorative Arts

Arts department of Islam
Opening in September 2012, new spaces devoted to the collections of the Department of Islamic Art is the culmination of the largest construction site in the museum since the work of the great Louvre. Nearly 3 000 works are now exhibited, from more than 1000 years of history and a territory covering three continents, from Spain to India.

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Arts department of Islam

Department of Graphic Arts
The collection of drawings, pastels, miniatures, prints, books, manuscripts, autographs and wooden, brass and lithographic stones inscribed on the Louvre inventories.

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Department of Graphic Arts

 

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