The Paris Museum of Moder 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 modern art lover, this is a MUST!

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

One room that should not be missed in this museum is the Matisse Room.

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’.For three years, Matisse worked on this huge painting.

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 celebrated Matisse.

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La Danse by Matisse
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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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