The Beautiful Paris Museum of Modern Art

The Paris Museum of Modern Art (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 lover of modern art this museum is a MUST!

Paris Museum of Modern Art
Paris Museum of Modern Art – Picture by Coldcreation (CC BY-SA 4.0)

An additional bonus is that the rich and varied permanent collection offers FREE entry!  

Do Not Miss the Raoul Dufy Room

One room that MUST be visited 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.

Raoul Dufy Mural called: Electricity Fairy at the Paris Museum of Modern Art
“Electricity Fairy” Mural by Raoul Dufy / Photo by Daniel Hennemand (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Dufy blends mythology and fables with historical accuracy and technological description, setting up contrasts of opposites. For example, in the center: the Olympian gods and the Ivry-sur-Seine power-station generators connected by Zeus’s thunderbolt.

This incredible mural consists of 250 panels (200 x 120 cm) that cover a 600 m2 U-shaped wall. It took Raoul Dufy 10 months to complete.

The mural was donated to and installed in the Paris Museum of Modern Art 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.

Check Out the Matisse Room.

Another room that should not be missed when visiting this museum is the Matisse Room.

Henri Matisse was a significant post-impressionism painter in the art scene of the early 20th century. He socialized with other painters like Picasso and mixed with prominent art collectors.

Together with Pablo Picasso, Matisse laid the foundations for the plastic arts world in the 1900s. This museum celebrates Matisse’s amazing contributions to the world of art by dedicating a room solely to him. This room contains the monumental paintings entitled: La Danse and La Danse inachevée.

La Danse inachevée - Henri Matisse painting
La Danse inachevée – Henri Matisse Painting / Photo by Daisuke Sakai (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Henri Matisse was a significant painter in the Paris during the art scene of the early 20th century. He socialized with other painters like Picasso and mixed with prominent art collectors.

Together with Pablo Picasso, Matisse laid the foundations for the plastic arts world in the 1900s. This museum celebrates the amazing contributions of Matisse by dedicating a room solely to him. It contains the monumental paintings entitled: La Danse and La Danse inachevée.

The Story behind the Paintings La Danse

In 1930, a wealthy American doctor and art collector, Dr Albert Barnes, commissioned Matisse to paint a mural for his foundation. He gave the artist absolute freedom to paint whatever he chose.  Matisse chose for this project to paint ‘a dance’. Matisse worked on this huge painting for three years.

Henri Matisse paintings
La Danse by Matisse / Photo by Daisuke Sakai on Flickr  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

It was a challenge for Matisse as he had never created such a large painting before.  He painted three versions of La Danse, two of which are here in this museum. Matisse, not satisfied with the first version, La Danse  Inachevéée (The Unfinished Dance), started a second version.

Matisse finally achieved the balance he was after in La Danse de Paris. Unfortunately for the doctor but lucky for us, the dimensions didn’t fit into Dr Barnes’ building. So, Matisse painted a third version, which was finished and given to the doctor in 1933.

Almost sixty years later, La Danse Inachevée was found in Matisse’s studio in Nice. Today, the two versions of La Danse are showcased in this room devoted to the Fauvist and Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse.

Feeling Hungry? Check Out the Fabulous Museum Cafe

Normally, museum food should be avoided as it is crappy and expensive. However, 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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