Tonight was the 14th edition of the Nuit des musées (museums night), an annual European event during which many museums open their doors for free, between 7pm until midnight. It's a great opportunity to visit cultural places, in a special light and atmosphere. It's also the chance to see unique events set up espacially for this night.
I chose to go to a museum that I really enjoy; Musée Picasso. As we were queuing, we had the chance to see the artist Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil and his team setting up his ephemeral installation: a thousand candles, reproducing the starry sky. His idea was to represent a starry sky the night preceding the bombardment of the city of Guarnica, on April 26th, 1937, in echo to the current temporary exhibition "Guernica".
But tonight, I came here not only to see this temporary installation but mainly to visit the other temporary exhibition called "Diego Giacometti au musée Picasso". To tell the truth, up to now, I didn't know much about Diego Giacometti. Up to now, when I heard Giacometti, I thought necessarily about his brother, Alberto. So tonight was the opportunity for me to discover the job of Diego and especially the story behind his extraordinary commission for the opening of the Picasso Museum, in 1985.
Diego Giacometti designed a 50-piece collection of chairs, benches, lights and tables exclusively for the Hôtel de Salé, the beautiful and stunning 17th century mansion, which houses Picasso Museum.
I was delighted to see all these pieces. There is a great selection of pictures too.
My note: Picasso Museum is an awesome venue. It's a must-see for art lovers.
Until November 4th, 2018
5 rue de Thorigny - 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Friday: 10:30am to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am to 6pm. Closed on Monday.
July and August, the museum opens at 9:30pm