Zadkine Museum

At the heart of Paris near the Luxembourg Garden and the Aiglon Hotel, the Zadkine Museum nestles in an island of greenery, across from Panthéon-Assas University.

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Inaugurated in 1982 and dedicated to the memory of Ossip Zadkine, the Zadkine Museum contains the house and studio of the Russian artist, the leading figure in the School of Paris.

A bucolic studio-museum

Located not far from the Aiglon Hotel, the Zadkine Museum is one of the few studios belonging to a Parisian sculptor to have been preserved. A living and creative space, this studio-museum delights visitors with its intimate and bucolic atmosphere at the heart of Paris. Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967) lived and worked in this house and studios from 1928 to 1967. On his death, the site became the property of his wife, Valentine Prax, a French painter. She decided to donate the works and property of her husband, as well as her own works, to the city of Paris. The Zadkine Museum opened in 1982, with restoration work carried out in 2012. With the aim of making this studio-museum a haven of peace and memory, the museum was redesigned, bringing out the Zadkine’s work in a more natural way.

Zadkine’s work

At the Aiglon Hotel, we encourage you to visit the Zadkine Museum and its leafy garden. Decorated plainly and simply, the studio-museum’s white walls are used to accentuate the contrast with the stone, wood, earth and bronze, the materials that Zadkine worked with and on display here. The visit is organised chronologically, tracing how Ossip Zadkine’s work developed. The 70 sculptures in the museum bear witness to the freedom of spirit of an artist who liked to represent figures and silhouettes out of proportion, taking his inspiration from Primitivism, African art, Egyptian art and Cubism.

 

The visit ends with the garden, filled with calm and serenity, where the visitor can contemplate bronze sculptures looming out of the thickets. This almost secret place keeps the works of Zadkine alive all through the seasons.

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