The 11th and 13th arrondisements are a pretty good bet. Mosey on by Le Mur, 107 Oberkampf on May 25 to gaze at David Walker in action. This is part of Le M.U.R. de L’ART exhibition, the association promoting ephemeral street art at this fixed position. Every two weeks a new artwork replaces the previous, the artist featured being given a stipend of 500 euros to cover travel and material expenses.
A few street artist sites for you to explore:
Place: Montmartre Service: Portraits Fee: 50-60 euros with room to haggle. Experience: Unique souvenir of your trip to Paris.
From No Worries Paris, page 134: “The tourist action peaks at Place du Tertre, a fairly large square made intimate by open-air restaurants and an artist’s bazaar that share its center. Some 140 licensed artists hawk portraits, kitsch landscapes, and silhouettes. Village shops and restaurants surround the place, which hums into the night. Chez la Mere Catherine, dates from 1793.”
From the No Worries Paris guidebook: “Musee d’Orsay, set in an ornate former railway station, has been a top-tier museum in Paris since it opened in 1986. Its collection includes works from 1848 to 1914, bridging the time spans covered by the Louvre’s antiquities and the modern art of the Pompidou. You may not have time to do more than admire the statues and crowd scene in front, but a visit should be high on your list (an admission is charged).
Gare d’Orsay presciently was called “a fine arts palace” after its unveiling during the Exposition Universalle in 1900. But short platforms made it practically obsolete by 1937. The building alone is worth the price of admission. A grand hallway under a glass-and-wrought-iron ceiling 150 yards long covers 150,000 feet of floor space. A huge clock dominates the central gallery. All the big guns among Impressionists are well represented—Manet, Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Gauguin, Seurat, Cezanne, and so on. But don’t overlook the Romanticists and Realists that led up to that style—Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin, and others. Stats: About 3 million people yearly visit Musee d’Orsay’s 80 galleries that display 4,000 artworks.”
62, rue de Lille
Metro 12 Solférino
RER C Musée d’Orsay
Buses 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94
After being closed for months, 11 rooms in the east wing of the Hotel Biron are now welcoming visitors with a show entitled “Masterpieces on the Move”. Works include Rodin’s The Walking Man, The Bronze Age, The Cathedral, The Wave, The Waltz, and The Gossips by Camille Claudel. The west wing will reopen in April 2013.
In the garden, visitors can still enjoy Rodin’s bronze works: The Gates of Hell, the celebrated Thinker, the statue of Balzac and the Burghers of Calais. Don’t let the renovation keep you from enjoying this master’s work. Especially beautiful at night on Wednesdays.
9 RUE DE VARENNE
Open Tuesday to Sunday – 10 am to 5.45 pm
Late-night opening on Wednesdays until 8.45 pm.
Phone : +33 (0)1 44 18 61 10
Metro : Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (line 13, line 8)
R.E.R : Invalides (line C)
Bus : 69, 82, 87, 92