Bringing a fresh perspective to the History of Art

The Pinacothèque 1

It was at no 28 Place de la Madeleine that the first private Parisian museum opened its doors in June 2007, the brainchild of the art historian Marc Restellini. Set on three floors, the Pinacothèque de Paris holds temporary exhibitions on an international scale, which do not shrink from re-thinking the usual field of art history. These events examine periods and areas, which are rarely explored and usually compartmentalized, ranging from archaeology to contemporary art.

Through this novel approach, the Pinacothèque de Paris seeks to make art accessible to as many people as possible. A powerful ambition, which is expressed with the help of a diversified and original programme.

The public has had the chance to discover various brilliant artists, rarely exhibited in France, such as Georges Rouault, Jackson Pollock, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo and Edvard Munch.

The Pinacothèque de Paris has also presented the works of great civilizations: the mysterious Terracotta Warriors of Xi’an, the fabulous Gold and Silver Works of the Inca, and the Jade Masks of the Maya.

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Enhanced by a new venue in January 2011, the Pinacothèque de Paris is keen to continue on this track by becoming the first Parisian cross-disciplinary museum, where a thousand years of art history dialogue through a hundred or so major works. These exhibition rooms (accessible through no 8 Rue Vignon) display Collections which are akin to a cabinet of curiosities, in which works from all periods interact with each other and heighten the visitor’s curiosity and sensibility.

In addition to the Collections, these new premises regularly play host to exhibitions dedicated to great collections and their owners.

The Pinacothèque de Paris invites visitors to abandon their references and let themselves be guided through a living and private place, well suited to discovery and introspection.

You can relive 13 years of this adventure in the official boutique.

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