Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Musée Zadkine

 Métro: Vavin (line 4) or Notre-Dame-des-Champs (Line 12)
RER B: Port Royal
Address: 100 bis, rue d'Assas 75006 Paris
Hours: everyday 10 am - 5:30 pm - Closed on Monday
Cost: Free (unless there is a special exhibit)
Website: www.zadkine.paris.fr 

 Located in the house of the artist, the Zadkine Museum is a nice break away from the fast pace of the city. It's only a couple blocks away from the Garden of Luxembourg.

 Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967) is a Russian sculptor who moved to Paris in 1928 where he stayed until his death in 1967. He belongs to the "Primitifs" movement.


 This is a small museum but it represents well what Zadkine was about. Good news is that the access is free.  It will take you about 30 minutes to go through it.


 It has a small garden with a few of his bigger work which leads to his studio.

 In all honesty, even if you are not an admirer of his work, it is worth discovering this little gem. I wish that property was for sale because this is my dream house. It bathes in natural light (unlike most of the Parisian museums) and is so refreshing.

However, there is always a nice reminder that we are in France. The museum officially is open from 10am to 6pm. Last ticket sold at 5:30pm. Ironically, it was closed at 1pm when I arrived. We're in France; people, everything is relative! What happened was that there were 1 short and that is just not acceptable. So the 8-9 remaining staff members had to close the museum in order to get their 2 hours lunch. "C'est la vie"

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