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10 art deco temples in Paris and its region

From the Grands Boulevards to the Musée des Années 30, (re)discover Art Deco in all its splendour.
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The style that has become a symbol of the Jazz Age profoundly marked Paris and its region. Discover the cultural spaces, theatres and shops that typify this monumental architectural style. Art Deco took its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes that took place in Paris in 1925. It has left its imprint on many creative fields, from fine art to architecture, decoration to fashion and photography, and is embodied by artists as different as René Lalique, Man Ray, Tamara de Lempicka, Cartier, Paul Poiret and Robert Mallet-Stevens. Off we go on a visit of the places that bear the hallmarks of this very unique style.

Our favourite Art Deco event

Around the Eiffel Tower

The Palais de Tokyo was built in a sober and powerful style with its two symmetrical wings - today housing two art centres, the Musée d'art Moderne in the eastern wing, and the eponymous Palais de Tokyo in the western wing - a peristyle, a reflective pool, an immense terrace, a monumental staircase and a bas-relief by Alfred Janniot.

Palais de Tokyo%252C Paris

Nearby, the Palais de Chaillot is considered the most important monument of the 1930s in Paris. Overlooking the Jardins du Trocadéro, its two neo-classical pavilions offer a commanding view of the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars. The interior decoration, carried out by 71 painters and sculptors, presents a wide palette of all Art Deco's trends. Today, the palace hosts the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in its Paris wing, and the Musée de l'Homme in its Passy wing, as well as the prestigious Théâtre National de Chaillot.

Over to the Bois de Vincennes, where the nearby Palais de la Porte Dorée, the only remaining vestige of the 1931 Exposition Coloniale, is equally monumental: covering 16,000m², it has a façade in bas-relief by Alfred Janniot measuring over 1,000m², and a tropical aquarium. Today it is home to the Musée National de l'Histoire de l'Immigration.

Palais de la Porte Dorée%252C Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration%252C Aquarium Tropical%252C façade%252C Paris 2017.

Museums pay homage to Art Deco

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, an exceptional museum on Rue de Rivoli, in the heart of Paris, holds one of the most important collections of decorative arts in the world. In its chronological itinerary, going from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era, more than 10 rooms are devoted to Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

If the Musée d'Orsay is best known for its collection of Impressionist paintings, it also has a collection of objects in the Art Deco style that are worth lingering over.

Musée d'Orsay%252C l'horloge extérieure%252C Paris 2015
Musée des Arts Décoratifs%252C Paris 2017.

The Musée des Années 1930 in Boulogne-Billancourt is bursting with Art Deco treasures. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, architectural models of buildings from the 1930s and Art Deco furniture are sure to captivate visitors.

The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace du Bourget, the most important aeronautical museum in France and one of the largest in the world, hides a treasure of the Art Deco style. With its monumental columns, its vaulted glass ceiling, its marble and wrought-iron staircases and its magnificent clock, the Salle des Huit Colonnes, recently renovated to bring back all its 1930s opulence, is a true architectural gem.

Musée des Années 30%252C collections permanentes%252C Boulogne Billancourt.
Inauguration du nouveau hall de la seconde guerre mondiale

Around the Grands Boulevards

Those cathedrals of commerce, Paris's department stores, including Printemps, Galeries Lafayette or Le Bon Marché, underwent a transformation in the 1920s, passing from the Art Nouveau to the Art Deco style.

From the end of the 19th century, architects and engineers (including Gustave Eiffel) used glass and iron to create cupolas and glazed roofs to illuminate the vast sales halls.

Beginning in the 1930s, they rethought the spaces and the store design, the better to display the new products, whose manufacture was by now industrialised. Art Deco, with its straight lines, its symmetry and its artistic but functional aspect, was the perfect choice.

Galeries Lafayette%252C Paris 2017.

Our selection

Famile, Nymphéas de Monet
Musée d’Orsay
Art & culture
Set in a former railway station, the magnificent Musée d’Orsay is known across the world for its unique collection of Impressionist paintings.
Palais de Tokyo
Palais de Tokyo
Art & culture
A stone’s throw from Trocadéro, the Palais de Tokyo has established itself as Europe’s largest contemporary art centre. More than a museum, it is a living art space in constant transformation.
Palais de la Porte Dorée, Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration, Aquarium Tropical, façade, Paris 2017.
Musée national de l'histoire de l'Immigration - Palais de la Porte Dorée
Art & culture
Inside a striking Art Déco edifice, the National Museum of Immigration History houses a unique multicultural centre where learning goes hand in hand with sharing.
Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée
Aquarium tropical du Palais de la Porte Dorée
Little fish and large crocodiles await you near Paris, to help children and their parents discover the magic of the tropical ocean depths and their secrets.
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
Art & culture
Dive into the fascinating history of architecture at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, located just opposite the Eiffel Tower, and discover how it both influences and reflects our societies.

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