Musée d’Arts Décoratifs

After visiting the Musée d’Orsay last week, me and Kat have decided that we would continue the new tradition of ‘Museum Friday’ and today visit the Musée d’Arts Décoratifs. The collection is housed in the west wing of the Louvre and displays all kinds of furniture, interior design, ceramics, fashion, art and design. It reminds me a bit of the Victoria & Albert museum in London – except it’s all in French and has no relation to any previous queens of England.

There’s currently an exhibition on at the museum (until Sept 2012) about the collaboration between the fashion designers Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. You can read all about the history of Louis Vuitton – including how he designed his world-reknowned suitcases, how his son created the famous ‘LV’ print and how Marc Jacobs (as artistic director) has kept the collection running today. It’s interesting to see how the prints have been created and patented – even as far back as the 1800’s Vuitton had patented the check-print on the exterior of his suitcases so as to avoid ‘inferior imitations’. It makes you think twice about buying that knock-off €10 handbag when you know this much effort has gone into protecting the brand!

The other temporary exhibition definitely worth a mention is the ‘Histoires de Babar’ display (until Sept 2012). Two rooms have been dedicated uniquely to the little elephant in a green suit. Babar the elephant was first created in France in 1931 by artist Jean de Brunhoff. You can see lots of the original drawings and books, some of the more modern interpretations and lots of cuddly toys. All were just as adorable as you can imagine! I hate to say it, but I absolutely have more interest in children’s storybook characters than ancient china pots and tapestries – just don’t tell anyone or it’ll ruin that cultured look I’ve been trying to maintain since I got here.

It was great to spend another day with Kat before we both leave for England in the coming month – and it’s just as satisfying to cross another thing off my Paris bucket list. I’ve got a few more adventures planned for the rest of the Easter weekend to keep me busy but, in the meantime, Joyeuses Pâques!

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