Musée Marmottan Monet


Our latest museum spotlight is on the Musée Marmottan Monet located in the 16th arrondissement right behind the beautiful Jardin du Ranelagh. The museum holds the largest collection in the world of Monet’s work and is located in a stunning mansion just outside the Bois de Boulogne. The museum, which used to be a hunting lodge, opened in 1934 when the house and the art collection were donated to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by father and son Jules and Paul Marmottan.

The permanent collections include various pieces focusing on the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods, from Monet to Degas to Renoir, as well as the original owners’ pieces of Napoleonic era furniture. At the moment, the museum is hosting a very unique exhibit called “The Toilet: The Birth of Intimacy,” which is the first ever exhibit dedicated to this theme. The exhibit showcases major artists from the 15th century to today, showing the evolution of human intimacy and daily beauty rituals that we now find so trivial. The exhibit is open until July 5th.

In 1985, the museum was the victim of a high-profile robbery when five masked gunmen stormed the museum in the middle of the day, threatening security and visitors alike, and stole nine of Monet’s paintings, including the most famous Impression, Sunrise, the painting credited with giving the Impressionist Period its name. Eventually a tip-off lead to the arrest of Japanese yakuza gangster Shuinichi Fujikuma. Fujikuma had spent some time in a French prison for drug trafficking; it was there that he met Philippe Jamin and Youssef Khimoun, and the three planned the robbery together. The arrest lead to two of the stolen paintings being found, but the rest were not found until 1990 in a small villa in Corsica.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm at the La Muette metro station.


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