Fondation Cartier

The most memorable museums strike a balance between interior and exterior, between art and architecture. Sure, the modern gallery archetype of the white cube is great for focusing the eye on artworks, without distractions. But the white cube lacks personality and turns the museum into a blank slate. On the other end of the spectrum, … More Fondation Cartier

Conciergerie

Isn’t it odd how we pay less attention to sights on our own doorstep than we do to unfamiliar ones, even when our local attractions are more beautiful, unusual or remarkable? We all do it. Part of it must be that we become desensitised to the beauty around us when we see it every day, … More Conciergerie

Monnaie de Paris

As the years have gone by, I’ve broadened my definition of ‘museum’ for this blog. At first, I only wrote posts on art galleries or other sites with the word ‘musée’ in their name. This hasn’t posed a problem when searching for material: it’s been almost seven years and I still haven’t run out of … More Monnaie de Paris

Musée de l’Homme

Paris has a long, complex and often controversial history with its anthropological museums. I’ve written before about the history of the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, which is now a modern immigration museum, but was once the imperialist Musée des Colonies, home to the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale. I’ve also written about the network … More Musée de l’Homme

Musée Curie

If there’s something missing from the Parisian museumscape, it’s a focus on brilliant women. Yes, the 19th arrondissement has the Musée Piaf, in the iconic singer’s former home. But the tiny museum is only open by appointment, with French-language tours. Yes, art produced by women is represented across survey museums, from the Musée d’Orsay to … More Musée Curie