However, in the May of 1988, a photographer called Roger Pic and the French writer and documentary producer, Jean-Marie Drot, got together and founded the Chemin du Montparnasse, as a place of memory and cultural activity, which was to become the new Musee du Montparnasse.
After Roger Pic died in the December of 2001, Jean Digne became the president of this museum in Paris and has continued its mission to promote, protect and identify artists from the area, both past and present, famous or unknown, and with this the Archives of Montparnasse was born.
And in 2003 the Montparnasse museum was enriched with a collection by Frans Krajcberg who is a sculptor and photographer that divides his time between Paris and Brazil presenting the reflection of art in an ecological way.
About the Musee du Montparnasse Museum in Paris
Today at the atelier, or studio of the Musee du Montparnasse there is an area dedicated to presenting videos, photography, etc by artist Franz Krajcberg, which helps to illuminate the relationship between art and nature and the ecological combat for survival.
There is also a history section that relates to artists and writers from around the world that had at one time or another been in the Montparnasse area of Paris, which enables people to discover the diversity of the world through their different talents.
We mentioned above that there is an archive section and this part of the Musee du Montparnasse is all about maintaining and collecting documents such as period photographs, magazines and biographical information on artists of Montparnasse.
Also part of the original collection of Roger Pic is back at the museum where it belongs, but it is also thanks to the many private donors that the section of the original collection has been enriched greatly, with works such as paintings, watercolours, drawings and photographs, along with many other objects that portray the artists of Montmartre and the area.
Incredibly, part of the history of the Musee du Montparnasse actually lies within where it is situated, as Marie Vassilieff, who was a Russian painter that studied under Henri Matisse, opened up an atelier or workshop on the avenue where the museum is situated.
And in fact, this became a meeting place for many artists including Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani and Ossip Zadkine, as Marie Vassilieff turned the place into a private club to help struggling artists.
So, today, just as in the past, members of the Musee du Montparnasse can get together on occasions where there are evening meetings held where they can enjoy a wide variety of cultural events.
Small concerts are also held in the former studio of Mary Vassilieff that has excellent acoustics, but these can only accommodate up to 50 people at a time, so booking is necessary, plus there are educational activities for groups available. And this is in addition to different events that are also organised throughout the year including temporary exhibitions and also group events such as receptions that can be arranged.
Access to the Musee du Montparnasse Museum in Paris
The Musee du Montparnasse was found within the original studio of the Russian artist Marie Vassilieff, which is located just off the Avenue du Maine in a pretty alley, close to the Tour Montparnasse Tower with the highest restaurant in Europe called the Ciel de Paris and the Gare Montparnasse train station.
It is also within walking distance of many other tourist attractions in Paris such as the Musee Bourdelle, the Cimetiere du Montparnasse cemetery, the Jardin Atlantique which is actually located above the train station and home to the Musee Jean Moulin dedicated to the French resistance fighter. And while you are on holiday in Paris in this area you could also discover the Musee Pasteur dedicated to Louis Pasteur, the Brasil Tropical, which is a Brazilian dinner and cabaret venue in Paris, plus many more attractions.
Getting to this museum along with the other tourist attractions in the area is easy via the public transport in Paris as you could utilise the metro stop called the Montparnasse-Bienvenue via lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 and you would used the exit number 2 at the Place Bienvenue. Alternatively, the bus numbers 28, 48, 58, 89, 94 and 95 will get you close by, as will the bus tours in Paris like the Car Rouges or the L’OpenTour sightseeing buses.
Address and Contact Details
Musee du Montparnasse
21 Avenue du Maine
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 22 91 96
Fax: +33 (0) 1 42 22 91 00
Tourist attractions close by
- Musee Bourdelle
- Tour Montparnasse
- Jardin Atlantique
- Square Gaston Baty
- Brasil Tropical
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Musee du Montparnasse Museum in Paris
This museum was first created in 1951, but closed in the 1970s and it was not until the end of the 1980s that a new Montparnasse museum was created dedicated to the artists from this area of Paris within an artists studio, however, unfortunately as of the start of 2015 this has now closed again.
A bit of history..
It was a photographer by the name of Marc Veax, who was friends with numerous other artists from the Montparnasse area of Paris, who decided to create the Musee du Montparnasse back in 1951 in an area that was once home to the old Academy of Painting.
Marc Veax put together a collection of around 250,000 photographic works of all artists from the area, both past and present, and within the small space, he exhibited many of these and other documents, yet, unfortunately the collection was completely split up after Marc Veax died in 1971.