The Modern Art Museum Paris (also called Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris or MAMVP) is a stunning art museum. This museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The museum is HUGE and contains more than 10,00 artworks. Here you will find artworks starting from the post impressionism art movement to the present day. If you are a modern art lover, this is a MUST!
An additional bonus is that the rich and varied permanent collection offers FREE entry!
One room that MUST not be missed in this museum is the Dufy mural called “La Fée Electricité” or in English “The Electricity Fairy”.
The story behind the “Electricity Fairy” Mural
This massive mural by Raoul Dufy depicts the history of electricity. Dufy was commissioned to create the mural by the Palais de La Lumière et de l’Electricité as a part of the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris.
The mural is based on the first-century poem, De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things) by Lucretius. The mural depicts portraits of over 100 inventors and scientists who invented or made substantial contribution to the research, development and application of electricity.
Dufy blends mythology and fables with historical accuracy and technological description, setting up contrasts of opposites. For example, in the centre: the Olympian gods and the Ivry-sur-Seine power-station generators connected by Zeus’s thunderbolt.
Immediately to the left of the centre: Iris, messenger of the gods and daughter of Electra, flies in the light, over an orchestra and the capitals of the world, diffusing all the colours of the rainbow. Areas of red, blue, yellow, and green, independent of the flowing line of the drawing, organise and energise this virtuoso composition.
This incredible painting consists of 250 panels (200 x 120 cm) that cover a 600 m2 U-shaped wall. It took Dufy 10 months to complete.
The mural was donated to and installed in the Modern Art Museum Paris by Électricité de France in 1964.The mural takes up the entire round hall. You must see this amazing mural in person in order to appreciate its overwhelming beauty.
Normally, museum food should be avoided as it is crappy and expensive. This museum offers a fabulous cafe with tasty food and at a reasonable price!!
On a sunny day, you can rest your tired legs in the museum’s outdoor terrace and enjoy gorgeous picture perfect views of the Eiffel Tower!
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