Today is Bank Holiday in France. A beautiful day, again…
I was told only yesterday by a friend that the Musee Nissim de Camondo was very well worth seeing so I planned to visit. I was at Metro Monceau just on time for lunch in a brasserie where I had one of my favourite dishes: bavette with shallots and fries. I do like a Parisian brasserie, it’s perfect to relax, think, listen, write, draw, observe life around…
Musee Nissim de Camondo, 63 rue de Monceau
The Musée Nissim de Camondo is a superb house museum of French decorative arts. It was owned by Moise de Camondo, a banker, collector of furniture, objects and works of art from the 18th Century. The dramatic history of the family makes the place rather moving.
It is essential to get the audioguide not to miss the stories that illustrate every room. Then you walk in a different time zone.
I also enjoyed the ceramics exhibited in a separate room, with beautiful dishes illustrated with birds. Very delicate…
Upstairs, the bathrooms are also open to visitors. Somehow, they show more intimate and ‘real’ aspects of life that are a little more touching as a result. An interesting technical detail: the ceiling has a curved shape to reduce the amount of steam. Why don’t do it anymore?
Downstairs, the impressive kitchen is very popular. All tiled so to make maintenance easier, white to make it brighter, with two windows to get some air in. When the massive cooker and the oven were on, I am not sure these two windows are quite enough to cool the room down…
I am told the film ‘Ratatouille’ got inspiration from that very kitchen.
One of the many green patches in Paris, the Parc Monceau was designed in the 18th century.
Junya Ishigami at the Fondation Cartier, Boulevard Raspail
On my way back home, there was an incident in the Metro so I had to get out at a different station than the one I was planning to. But as I have often observed, there is always something positive in any negative situation, so I decided to take the opportunity to enjoy a quick walk on the Boulevard Raspail. The positive outcome was even better than I thought: the Fondation Cartier was hosting the exhibition ‘Junya Ishigami ; Freeing Architecture’
I didn’t know anything about him and went with a desire to discover something. It was superb, sober, elegant… I deeply enjoyed it.