Sunday, September 03, 2006

Reopening of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in September 2006

Palais du Louvre, 107, rue de Rivoli , 75001 Paris
Phone: 44 55 57 50
Fax: 42 60 49 48
Metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
RER: Châtelet-Les Halles
Bus 21, 27, 39, 69, 72, 81, 95

After several years of refurbishment, the museum is opening again fully.

An exhibition area of 9000 square meter. provides a chronological itinerary which offers a complete overview of decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present day. The renovation work also enabled the restoration of the 5,000 works on display.
Already open in recent months, the Galerie des Bijoux exhibits some 1,200 pieces illustrating the history of jewellery - it is open every day except Monday, from 11am to 6pm, and at weekends from 10am.

The Musée des arts Décoratifs is a museum about interior design, furniture, objets d'arts, wallpaper, tapestries, ceramics, glassware, and toys from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs; was established in 1905 by the Union des Arts Decoratifs. At one time, the museum was state owned but today although the museum is open to the public, it is however private because of the integrity and autonomy of its administration.

At first, the decorative arts were on the fringe of the fine arts. It is today a more accepted art form due in part to the wealth of the collection of decorative arts. That collection is largely made up of restorations of decorative art from different periods an Asian section, a Gothic section, Contemporary, and all sections imaginable between those previously listed. There are today even more sections of decorative arts, due to the reinstallation during 1945 to 1949.


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