Arts décoratifs

Vase potiche, manufacture De Grieksche A, Delft (Pays-Bas), vers 1710
Vase potiche, manufacture De Grieksche A, Delft (Pays-Bas), vers 1710
© Les Arts Décoratifs

Boasting some 150,000 objects, the collections are privileged testaments to the French art of living, the savoir-faire of its craftsmen and industrialists, the research and creativity of its artists, the passion of its collectors, the generosity of our donors and the desire to pass these riches on to others. There is not a single technique, material or type of object that cannot be found in the Arts Décoratifs inventories: tiepin, escritoire, doll’s house, scenic wallpaper, stained glass, wood, enamel, plastic, shark’s skin and amaranth…the list is endless. Many criteria governed the selection of some 6,000 objects for permanent display, including their exemplarity, use, economy, craftsmanship, prowess and symbolism.

To enable the public to explore all these aspects, two different itineraries of the collections were devised:

The first is chronological: this is the only museum in France which can offer such a vast panorama of the decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present day. The team of curators’ joint reflection resulted in indispensable shifts in emphasis in the light of scientific research and the new interests which have emerged in recent decades and led to an evolution in our way of seeing. Thus the 19th-century collections, particularly from 1850 to 1880, and the 20th-century collections have had their exhibit spaces doubled. Numerous recent acquisitions have renewed the choice of works displayed. At any rate, our objective has never been to show more but always to show better. We are no longer the museum of ‘series’ we were in the past but a museum in which the eye is constantly accompanied and stimulated.

Fauteuil « Bulle », Christian Daninos (1944-1992), France, 1968, Edition Formes Nouvelles, France, 1970
Fauteuil « Bulle », Christian Daninos (1944-1992), France, 1968, Edition Formes Nouvelles, France, 1970
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This journey through time is structured by thematic presentations focussing on technical and stylistic concerns, and monographic displays punctuated by period rooms. The period rooms have always been one of the museum’s singularities. Even before it moved to the rue de Rivoli in 1905, they were a feature of the retrospective exhibitions organised by the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs at the Palais de l’Industrie in 1882. In this new museum, the ten period rooms, the fruit of gradual and often chance acquisitions, provide homogenous visions of a period in which elements are combined with great archaeological accuracy. They were created with the collaboration of the interior designer François Joseph Graf.

Access

Metro train stations: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, Tuileries, Pyramides
Bus: 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 72, 81, 95
Parkings: Carrousel du Louvre, rue des Pyramides

Musée des Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
France

Phone: +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50


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Exhibition

Brûle-parfum en forme de gui couvert, Chine, dynastie Qing, période Qianlong (1736-1796)
Brûle-parfum en forme de gui couvert, Chine, dynastie Qing, période Qianlong (1736-1796)
Emaux cloisonnés et champlevés sur cuivre
Dépôt public Fondation Salomon de Rothschild, 1923
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
© Les Arts Décoratifs / Photo : Jean Tholance

De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs : l’art chinois dans les collections du musée des Arts décoratifs
February 13th 2014–January 11th 2015

Exhibition

 Camion de pompier, fabriqué à partir de 1949, Brio Leksaks- fabrik (depuis 1884), fabricant, Suède
Camion de pompier, fabriqué à partir de 1949, Brio Leksaks- fabrik (depuis 1884), fabricant, Suède
Bois, métal, caoutchouc, corde, plastique
© Brio Lekoseum / photo : Carl-Johan Nilsson

Les jouets en bois suédois
June 19th 2014–January 11th 2015

Exhibition

Pressure Point, Paul Cocksedge, 2013
Pressure Point, Paul Cocksedge, 2013
© Mark Cocksedge

Sous pression : le bois densifié
March 28th–September 14th 2014

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