Musée des Arts Décoratifs

At the heart of the Marsan wing of the Louvre Palace, on the Rue de Rivoli side, discover the richness of thousands of beautifully presented objects, close by the Hôtel Brighton.

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Originally created to preserve the arts whose aim is "beauty in usefulness", the Arts Décoratifs brings together both the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Rue de Rivoli (collections of art objects, design, fashion and textiles, advertisements and graphic design) and the Nissim de Camondo Museum in Rue de Monceau. 


A chronological visit 

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is the reflection of traditional crafts, the evolution of styles, technical innovation and the creativity of artists working to embellish everyday life. It is still the only museum that can pay homage to all the illustrious names who have forged the history of French taste: Boulle, Sèvres, Aubusson, Christofle, Lalique, Guimard, Mallet Stevens, Le Corbusier, Perriand, Starck… With a surface area of over 6 000m2 and 6000 objects on display, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is one of the biggest decorative arts museums in the world, a 5-minute walk away from the Hôtel Brighton. In a chronological presentation from the Middle Ages to today, all styles are represented: from Gothic to Louis XVI, from the Directory to Art Nouveau, from Art Déco to modern design.

The visit passes through 11 "period rooms" inspiring visitors' imaginations and inviting them to relive the works in their context. Among them are the private apartment of Jeanne Lanvin by Armand-Albert Rateau, one of the museum's masterpieces.

The toy gallery, the Jean Dubuffet gallery and the jewels gallery are all excellent entry points to collections that are dazzling in their diversity.

The textile, fashion and graphic design collections are only displayed as part of temporary exhibitions.


The jewels gallery 

This gallery presents a dream-like staging of the history of jewellery, from the Middle Ages to today. From medieval religious jewellery via Art Nouveau jewellery by Fouquet or Lalique, Art Déco jewellery by such artists as Calder and Braque, and not forgetting jewellery by the great fashion and jewellery houses, with each piece beautifully presented. Lastly, to see how to differentiate all the kinds of jewellery, an entire wall is dedicated to jewellery techniques and materials.

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