You might think that being stood opposite the Grand Palais would give the Petit Palais something of an inferiority complex. Not so. The majestic main gate immediately sets the tone with its gold paint that shines in the sun. Size doesn’t always matter, and once you step inside you’ll see why …
Another vestige of the Universal Exposition of 1900, the building became Paris’ Museum of Fine Arts, and now houses an important and diverse collection from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Neglected over the years, a major renovation saw it reopen in 2005 looking nothing short of splendid. The painted ceilings of the main entrance are amazing, lofty and colourful. Turn right to pay to enter the temporary exhibitions (recently Goya, Kurosawa…) if you like, but we think the permanent collection is one of Paris’ greatest bargains; the exhibits beautiful, the setting incredible and entrance is absolutely free.The museum cleverest trick - albeit controversial - is trying to mix its collection with modern art, often displaying them side by side, giving interesting juxtapositions with contemporary sculpture or even photography. Oh and their cafe is lovely, the gardens inviting, the bookshop interesting… have we convinced you yet?
How to get there
Metro 1, 9, 13 :
Champs Elysees Clemenceau & Franklin Roosevelt
RER A :
Bus 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
from the 2017-02-24 until the 2017-08-20
Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!
At the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
The renowned Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is home, from February 24 until August 20, 2017, to the exhibition “Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!”.
“Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!” is an exhibition that sheds light on twenty-one works of art by the Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel (1921 – 2006).
The works on display, which are actually a donation from the Karel Appel Foundation, include some of the best paintings and sculptures that significantly marked the career of Appel from his CoBrA years until his death in 2006.
On the occasion of this exhibition, attendees will get the chance to view the artist’s famous Carnet d'art psychopathologique as well as many other veritable masterpieces including ceramic sculptures from the 1950s and big installations from the 1970s and 1990s.
The Hotels Paris Champs-Elysées are located at a short walking distance from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.