Le Musée Bourdelle reopens after seven months of renovations

Le Musée Bourdelle has reopened its doors after a total closure of seven months.

The museum, which celebrates the work of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), now features a collection of massive sculptures, new rooms to explore, a brand new restaurant, and fabulous green spaces. While the museum’s charm and success remain, a few new features have been added to spice things up.

The space is one of the last timber-framed workshops in Paris, and it underwent meticulous renovations to consolidate the building’s foundations, insulation, and structure, thus preserving this heritage gem.

The techniques room has been completely redesigned with sensory and multimedia mediation elements. The room panels and labels have also been reinforced with digital devices and illustrations aimed at younger audiences.

Moreover, over a hundred sculptures and loans from the Centre Pompidou, the Zadkine Museum, and the Giacometti Foundation have been added to an already well-stocked collection. To inaugurate this new chapter, an exhibition showcasing Nantes-based visual artist Philippe Cognée can be found in the contemporary extension.

The museum’s dining area, designed by the SAME architectural firm, is housed in the section that once belonged to the sculptor’s daughter, Rhodia. The new restaurant, led by Jean-René Chassignol, serves up a cuisine inspired by the artist with predominantly organic ingredients. Visitors can also enjoy the added bonus of a large terrace overlooking the museum’s iconic green spaces, providing a true countryside experience in the heart of Paris. 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris. bourdelle.paris.fr/en

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