Paris used to be the home of some of the best art in the world. Some people think that this has been trumped by the impressive collections of New York. However, despite the naysayers there is still a glorious art scene in Paris. Whether you go to visit the art galleries or just to soak up the atmosphere, there are lots of things to seee and do to get you in the mood for art.
For the classic Parisian art experience, The Louvre boasts one of the world largest pre-twentieth century art collections, with paintings, sculpture and more. This museum is considered one of Paris’s finest. You can see famous pieces such as the Venus de Milo, or visit the painting featured in Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code with a peer at the Mona Lisa. The Louvre offers work by masters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and many others. Not only that, but the building housing this collection is a beautiful palace.
For something a little more contemporary, the National Museum of Modern Art (MNAM) houses one of the world’s most vast collections of modern twentieth century art, with a whopping collection of 50,000 works of drawing, painting, sculpture, and various other media. The collection is also added to by curators every year with new acquisitions always in show. The museum has an extensive collection of the major art movements of the last century, with dedicated collections of surrealist, cubist and pop art pieces.
Another fine visit for arty types is the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. This museum is situated in the stunning Palais de Tokyo with wonderful views of the Eiffel tower. This gallery offers some of the best temporary contemporary exhibitions, including some of the world’s best photographers and painters working today.
Once you have booked your flights to Paris from your nearest UK airport, you can really start to get a taste for all of the other arty vibe that are going on in Paris. You might not be an art buff, but want to feel inspired. There are a myriad of ways to get your own creative juices going in Paris. Why not visit Le Pere Lachaise cemetery, the resting place of Oscar Wilde. Or take a walk down by the Seine. Visit the Marie curie museum. With hundreds of sightseeing opportunities, Paris is the perfect get away for those who want something beautiful from their holiday.
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