Nov 18, 2009

Exterior of the Picasso Museum

Interior of the Picasso Museum

Paul Arlequin by Pablo Picasso

In the heart of the fashionable Marais district in Paris, the Musée Picasso (Picasso museum) is dedicated to the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
The Picasso museum is housed in Hôtel de Salé, 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd arrondissement, 1656 city mansion, close to Centre Pompidou.

The Hotel Salé changed hands very often, becoming a national literary repository harbouring the convent libraries seized during the Revolution, an educational establishment where Balzac completed his secondary schooling, the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, an exhibition room for the bronze sculptor Henri Vian etc It was made a listed building in 1968. The museum opened in 1985 with 203 paintings and 156 pieces of sculpture, coming from the Picasso heritage and paid to the French state as death duties. I saw great paintings in the museum including Paul Arlequin and the portrait of Dora Maar.

The Picasso museum provides audiovisuals and films in a special cinema, biographical and crhical details displayed in each room and a library.

Station on Paris metro : Chemin-Vert, St-Paul, St-Sebastian

Nov 17, 2009

Musée Carnavalet is located in the Marais neighborhood. The visitor's entrance is at 23, rue de Sévigné. I couldn't imagine that this museum comprises a hundred rooms distributed between the Hotel Carnavalet and the Hotel the Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. It's dedicated to the history of the city.

The museum covers mainly the 17th century with Madam de Sévigné who lived in the Hotel Carnavalet. The 18th century with the reigns of Louis XV, Louis XVI as well as the Revolution is very well represented. The amateur of old furniture finds at the Carnavalet museum a collection of approximately 800 objects which furnished the Parisian residences of the Renaissance till the 20th century. Most represented are the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods.

The museum department on the French revolution is most spectacular and occupies the 2nd floor of the Hotel Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau. This department illustrates by paintings, engravings, objects, documents, scale models the various stages of the Revolution. There is the storming of the Bastille, the imprisonment and execution of the royal family members, the feast of the Federation, portraits of the revolutionary chiefs, weapons. The 19th c. period which history is complex and which modelled the Paris of today with the vast urban renovation programme of Haussmann.

Station on Paris metro: St Paul

Nov 14, 2009

Still in Marais neighborhood,....

Fleuriste in rue du Vieille Temple

Rue Charlot

Bleu dans Lile, 35 Rue des Deux Ponts
The old-fashioned tins of dragees (sugared almonds) from this sugar heaven on the tiny island of Ile St. Louis.

The window display is a visual treat packed with nougat, chocolate, lollipops and marshmallows. Keep an eye out for the marshmallow Virgin Marys.

Arche de Noe, 70 rue St Louis en l'Ile
Charming toy store packed with old-fashioned wooden toys, puppets, dolls and an ultra-girlie pink aisle.
Le Marais is full of galleries, you’ll find arts in every price range. Simple posters can start as low as 30 euros, beautiful statues from 500 euros. And when you fall in love to some piece of arts, you'll ignore the prices. It's really priceless!. The fact is, buying art is not as expensive as I might think.Most galleries accept credit cards or offer payment plans, and can help with shipping arrangements. Some galleries in Marais neighborhood:

Galerie Anders Hus
27 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Anders Hus makes you feel you are walking in a Dane’s living room. You will discover an eclectic selection of paintings, furniture, ceramics and glassware from both Denmark and Sweden. The Danish painters in the 20th century followed the Skagen group, then created the COBRA movement. Furniture comes mostly from the 40’s to 70’s which are the years of Scandinavian design with Wegner and Arne Jacobsen. Glassware is from the 50’s trough the 70’s, ceramics from Kosta Boda, Royal Copenhagen, Rörstrand. All paintings and objects are sold at very reasonable prices.

Galerie Des Photographies
21 rue St Paul 75004 Paris

35 rue St Paul 75004 PARIS

Galerie Jamault
19 rue des Blancs Manteaux 75004 Paris

Art Génération
67 rue de la Verrerie 75004 PARIS

Art Store
43 rue des Blancs Manteaux 75004 PARIS

Galerie Agathe Gaillard
3 rue du Pont Louis Philippe 75004 PARIS

Galerie Alain Blondel
128 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 PARIS

Galerie Amyot
60 rue St Louis en l'Ile 75004 PARIS

Galerie Rocha
70 rue St Louis en l'Ile 75004 PARIS

Galerie Art et Patrimoine
22 rue des Blancs Manteaux 75004 PARIS

Galerie Baudoin Lebon
38 rue Ste Croix la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris

Galerie Beckel Odille Boicos
1 rue Jacques Coeur 75004 PARIS

Galerie Benjamin Derry
26 rue des Jardins St Paul 75004 PARIS

Galerie Art et Patrimoine
22 rue des Blancs Manteaux 75004 PARIS

Galerie Baudoin Lebon
38 rue Ste Croix la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris

Galerie Beckel Odille Boicos
1 rue Jacques Coeur 75004 PARIS

Galerie Benjamin Derry
26 rue des Jardins St Paul 75004 PARIS

Nov 8, 2009

Today, there are many boutiques in rue Ferdinand Duval,4th arrondissement

Some pictures in rue Ferdinand Duval,

Galerie Herve Van Der Straeten

Boutique La Vie en Rose.Com

Boutique Xuan-Thy Nguyen

Parfume boutique The Different Company

Station on Paris metro: St Paul

Nov 5, 2009

I was still in Marais area, 4 th arrondissement. I was standing at 10,rue Pavée. It's Agudath Hakehilot, an orthodox synagogue. It's my first time seeing the synagogue. Designed by Hector Guimard, the Art Nouveau architect and decorator famous for the Paris metro stations, in 1914. This is the largest synagogue in the Pletzl. Guimard's wife, an American, was Jewish and with the rise of Nazism they left France for the United States. On Yom Kippur 1940 it was dynamited by the Germans, but has since been restored and is now a national monument in addition to playing a key role in the community.

Commissioned and funded by the Agoudas Hakehilos society, which was made up of Orthodox Jews of primarily Russian origin, the building is testament both to their arrival in France at the beginning of the twentieth century and also to their intention to make Paris their permanent home.

It is a modest, tall and thin building. The synagogue is still a very active place of worship, and the centre for all Orthodox Jews in Paris. Entering the interior of the synagogue however brought both visual and cultural surprises.

Station on Paris metro: St Paul

Nov 4, 2009

Rue des Rosiers ( street of rosebushes) is a street in the 4th arrondissement. Lies at the center of the Jewish quarter, known as Pletzl. Rue des Rosiers begins at the Rue Malher and proceeds west-northwestward across the Rue Pavée, the Rue Ferdinand Duval, the Rue des Écouffes, and the Rue des Hospitalières-Saint-Gervais, before it ends at the Rue Vieille du Temple.

If you like fashion. Come to Pleats Please, located at 3, bis rue des Rosiers. Every month the boutique invites a fashion designer and presents his or her unique line of clothing inspired by Issey Miyake ‘s unique pleats.

Today, the street and surrounding neighborhood is well-known for its delicious Middle Eastern and Yiddish/Eastern European specialties. Try to go and taste falafel in L'as du Falafel, 32 Rue des Rosiers. Sacha Finkelsztajn, 27 Rue des Rosiers offering delicious Yiddish baked goods.

Station on Paris metro: St Paul