Art Deco in museums
Art Deco is best known for its influence on architecture worldwide. But this artistic movement also had an impact on fashion, furnishings, artifacts, etc. You can admire some of these wonderful works of art in the museums of Paris and its region.
Art Deco has always fascinated the general public. Often confused with its predecessor, Art Nouveau, it is the subject of numerous exhibitions. The most topical is of course "1925, quand l’art déco séduit le monde" currently taking place at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine! Many other art works can be discovered in the museums of Paris and the Ile-de-France. The leading artists of this period are well represented in the museums of the French capital: painters such as Tamara de Lempicka and Amédée Ozenfant, sculptor and copperware designer Jean Dunand, lacquer artist Gaston Suisse, decorator Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, cabinetmaker Pierre Legrain and designer Pierre Chareau. The works of these artists, as well as many others, are presented in various specialized museums.
In Paris, the collection of the Musée des Arts décoratifs is surely the richest of all in this domain. This stunning museum situated on the Rue de Rivoli hosts one of the largest collections of decorative arts in the world, from the Middle Ages to Modern times. The various departments of the museum showcase some 150,000 art works: graphic arts, jewellery, toys, ceramics, furniture, etc. Regarding Art Deco, you can notably admire, through the reconstruction of an Art Deco interior, a lovely screen by Jean Dunand entitled Les Cagnas, an armchair by Pierre Legrain, a chest of draws by André Groult and a dressing table by Eileen Gray. The Musée d’Orsay also has an impressive Art Deco collection. Created from the collections of the Musée du Luxembourg, the Louvre and the Palais de Tokyo, the collection at the Musée d’Orsay offers a very complete picture of the second half of the 19th century in the field of decorative arts.
In the Ile-de-France region, you can also discover the Musée des années 1930 in Boulogne-Billancourt, housing a wealth of decorative art treasures: paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, architectural models of buildings from the 1930s, Art Deco furniture, etc. With its collection dedicated to art between the wars, which is the largest in the world, this municipal museum, created in 1939, also offers a walking tour in the town to discover buildings by Le Corbusier, Lurçat and Mallet-Stevens. The artists exhibited in this museum are numerous: Paul Landowski, Jan, Joël Martel, Tamara de Lempicka and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann to name but a few. Finally, the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace is host to a rare treasure: a room decorated with eight columns. An architectural Art Deco masterpiece, this newly renovated room is the heart of the terminal, the largest aviation museum in France and one of the largest in the world.