And by the 1920s, which is when he married the painter Valentine Prax, his works were being shown at exhibitions in some of the major European countries and then spread to an international level with exhibitions in the USA and Japan.
In 1928 he moved to Rue d’Assas, which is where the Musee Zadkine museum is located and received a commission in 1935 for the Petit Palais, but during World War II he went to New York and started to teach, which is where he stayed in exile until the end of the war when he moved back to Paris.
Ossip Zadkine continued to teach students from all over the world at the Grande Chaumiere Art Academy and at his own studio in Paris and in 1950 he was awarded the International Sculpture Prize at the Venice Biennale. He continued to produce different works right through until the 1960s, until unable to, then died in 1967 and was buried in the Montparnasse Cemetery.
But it was not until 1982 when his widow Valentine Prax died, that she left everything to the city of Paris and their home was turned into the Musee Zadkine.
About the Musee Zadkine Museum in Paris
There are different galleries that show the different works of Ossip Zadkine through the different periods of his life and how he had different styles and the first gallery is purely devoted to works that he produced within the first ten years of being in Paris.
The second gallery at this museum shows his early works in a Cubism style and the modelling of sculptures for casting in bronze, whereas the third shows the next stage in his artist development and the use of mythology in many sculptures.
The Musee Zadkine also displays many different wooden sculptures from different period of his work within the fourth gallery, as he was very fond of utilising this material from early on in his career right through to the Prometheus sculpture completed in the 1950s, which was in a complete contrast to the bronzes.
The last actual gallery exhibits many different works from later on right through to the year that Ossip Zadkine died and includes a maquette of the commission he received for producing a monument to Van Gogh.
However, there is also the garden, which has been beautifully preserved and is also where some of his statues are displayed and some are still where this sculptor place them originally. One of these called The Torso of the Ruined Town is a scaled down version of the monument erected in Rotterdam as a memorial to the destruction caused during the German bombings in World War II.
So if you like art and are keen to see where someone lived and worked, then the Musee Zadkine is a great place to visit and is far more intimate and unusual compared to some of the large museums in Paris like the Musee d’Orsay.
Access to the Musee Zadkine
Located in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris in the former home of Ossip Zadkine, this museum is open on a Tuesday through to a Sunday from 10am to 6pm, however, it is always closed on a Monday and on all French National Holidays.
You will be pleased to know that access to the permanent collections exhibited at the Musee Zadkine are completely free of charge to visit, up until at least September 2013, however there is a charge for any temporary exhibitions they hold and these do vary in cost.
There is a sales area with catalogues, postcards and various books etc for sale all relating to Ossip Zadkine and his work, plus there is a library and resource centre that holds his drawings and manuscripts, but this is only accessible by prior arrangement with an appointment.
But lecture tours and even workshops for both children and adults are available, and again you would need to book these in advance, and to find out more including dates and costs you would need to telephone on: +33 (0) 1 55 42 77 20.
You can access the Musee Zadkine by different means of transport in Paris like via the Metro stations called Vavin and the Notre-Dame des Champs, the RER station of Port-Royal on line B or by bus on numbers 38, 82 and 91.
Address and Contact Details
100 bis Rue d’Assas
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 55 42 77 20
Tourist atrractions close by
- Pont des Arts
- Institut de France
- Eugene Delacroix Museum
- Furstenberg Square
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Musee Zadkine Museum in Paris
The Musee Zadkine is dedicated to the sculptor Ossip Zadkine who moved to Paris in 1910 and this museum is located within the house and grounds where he lived and worked and first opened its doors in 1982.
About Ossip Zadkine
Ossip Zadkine was born in Vitebsk that is now in Belarus, but was at the time part of Russia and he first moved to Paris in 1910, as he felt that he would have more freedom of expression for his work as a sculptor and artist who produced etchings and watercolours.
Settling within the Montparnasse area, which is where you can now find the only sky scraper in Paris called the Montparnasse Tower, he started mixing with many different artists who also resided in this part of the city and Ossip Zadkine first started to exhibit his works in 1911.