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The Best Art Galleries And Museums In The 8th Arrondissement
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The Best Art Galleries And Museums In The 8th Arrondissement

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Updated: 25 November 2016
The 8th arrondissement is the heart of Paris’ business district and the tourist epicenter. Located on the right bank of the river Seine, it is home to the world famous Champs Elysées, the grand Arc de Triomphe and the official residence of France’s presidents. Here are some of the finest art galleries and museums to visit in this area.
Avenue des Champs Élysées / | ©Wikicommons
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Lelong Gallery

The Lelong gallery is a long-standing contemporary art gallery based in Paris and New York, which opened its doors to art connoisseurs in 1981. The gallery focuses on contemporary art and covers a diversity of artistic expressions ranging from paintings, installations, sculptures and photography. Since its very beginnings, the Lelong Gallery has featured internationally renowned artists such as Louise Bourgeoise, Joan Miró and Francis Bacon. The gallery also publishes and promotes its own contemporary prints, books and artist’s catalogues.

13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris, France +33 (0)1 45 63 13 19

B. Toguo Vue 1

‘Hidden Faces’ exhibition by artist Barthélémy Toguo | Courtesy of Lelong Gallery

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Gagosian Gallery

Named after its founder, Larry Gagosian, the Gagosian Gallery has established itself as a beloved contemporary art gallery in Paris 8th arrondissement. It is located just off the Champs Elysées and features frequently changing exhibitions; previously featured artists include names such as Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein and other leading artists of the post-war generation. If you ever find yourself traveling, feel free to also visit its partner galleries in New York, Rome or Athens.

4 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France, +33 (0)1 75 00 05 92

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Grand Palais

With more than 2 million visitors each year, the Grand Palais has proven itself to be a popular and beloved landmark of Paris. Located at the end of the Champs Elysées, it offers a delightful contrast to the excess that accompanies the city’s most iconic shopping street. Built with the purpose of hosting the Universal Exhibition in 1900, it has since been designated as a historic monument in 2000 and treated as such by the Parisian government with continual care to maintain its beauty. Looking past its remarkable beaux-art exterior, the palace houses a wide variety of contemporary photography, imposing sculptures as well as classical paintings.

3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris, France +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17

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Musée Jacquemart-André

If you are looking for an alternative to the typical museums of Paris, the private home of Édouard André (1833–1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841-1912) is definitely a great option. The house was converted and divided into five sections in 1913, to display the artworks that they collected throughout their lifetime. Firstly in the state apartment there is a display of mythological compositions and portraits. The informal apartment appeals with its dramatic and fully decorated wall paintings by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, who was a pupil of Boucher. The impressive design of the winter garden, by Henri Paren, houses grandiose sculptures and an immense variety of plants. Lastly the Italian museum displays collections of 15th- and 16th-century Italian sculpture, by Francesco Laurana, Donatello, Luca Della Robbia and others.

158 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France +33 (0)1 45 62 11 59

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Musée Nissim de Camondo

The Musée Nissim de Camondo, is part of Les Arts Decoratifs’ cultural institution and, similarly to the Jacquemart André museum, is also a private house that has been converted into a public museum.The mansion itself was designed by the French architect René Sergent in 1911. Its former owner, Moïse de Camondo, was a reputable Parisian banker who avidly collected French furniture and art from the 18th century.

63 Rue de Monceau, Paris, France +33 (0)1 53 89 06 50

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Musée Cernuschi

A considerable representative of Asian art in Paris is the Cernuschi museum near the Parc Monceau. It is the second oldest Asian art museum in France. The impressive size of the collection, with over 12,000 pieces, of which roughly 9,000 are part of the permanent collection, offers everything from paintings to archaeological evidence. This museum also offers a great opportunity to learn about the history attached to the art, as it offers a walk through a country’s cultural development in the form of paintings.

7 Avenue Velásquez, Paris, France +33 (0)1 53 96 21 50

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Musée de L’Orangerie

The best representation of impressionism and post-impressionism is located in the west corner of the Tuileries gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The Musée de l’Orangerie is most known for Monet’s famous Les Nymphéas (water lilies) paintings, and the museum has established itself as a local favorite. The fixed installation also features renowned modern art painters such as Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley amongst others. There is also a beautiful temporary exhibition of painters and photographers, that is revised regularly.

Jardin Tuileries, Paris, France +33 (0)1 44 77 80 07

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Jeu de Paume

On the modern and post-modern art front is the Jeu de Paume, located on the west side of the Tuleries garden. It exhibits a variety of photography and mixed media pieces. The gallery itself features a mixture of well-established photographers such as Florence Henry or Germaine Krull, in addition to temporary exhibitions by emerging artists.