THE PETIT PALAIS, MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE LA VILLE DE PARIS
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An architectural gem from the XIX Century, le Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la ville de Paris, has reopened its doors to the public after major renovations. Built for the “Universal Exhibition” in 1900, this building became in 1902 the Musée des Beaux Arts de la ville de Paris. It displays a beautiful collection of paintings, religious icons, sculptures, antique rugs, and art objects from Antiquity to the turn of the XX Century. The Antique and Medieval collections are side-by-side with artworks from the French and Italian Renaissance and Dutch and Flemish paintings. The the XVIIIth and XIXth Century collection includes works by the prestigious artists including: Fragonard, David, Géricault, Delacroix, Courbet, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Cézanne. The Museum boasts an important collection of works on paper including complete series of etchings by Rembrandt, Durer and Callot.
The contemporary art and fashion design have a strong presence in le Petit Palais, Since 1998, Zao Wou- Ki, Quentin Blake, the collections du Fond Municipal d’art contemporain Sakina M’Sa and now Patrick Demarchelier occupy the rooms of Le Petit Palais. These temporary exhibits further the cultural mission of the establishment: promoting an aesthetic and intellectual experience of the creative process.
On the international front, since 1998, le Petit Palais offers its great cultural heritage in partnership with major cultural institutions abroad.
A café and gift shop are located in the inner court-yard.
The museum is open to the public every day from 10AM until 6PM, except on Mondays and national holidays.
Free admission for the permanent collections and the garden.