Musée Maillol

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Musée Maillol
St Germain des Prés

Dina Vierny was 15 when she met Aristide Maillol (in the mid-1930s) and became his principal model for the next decade, idealised in such sculptures as Spring, Air and Harmony. In 1995 she opened this delightful museum, exhibiting Maillol's drawings, engravings, pastels, tapestry panels, ceramics and early Nabis-related paintings, as well as the sculptures and terracottas that epitomise his calm, modern classicism.

Vierny also set up a Maillol Museum in the Pyrenean village of Banyuls-sur-Mer. This Paris venue also has works by Picasso, Rodin, Gauguin, Degas and Cézanne, a whole room of Matisse drawings, rare Surrealist documents and works by naïve artists.

Vierny has also championed Kandinsky and Ilya Kabakov, whose Communal Kitchen installation recreates the atmosphere of Soviet domesticity. Monographic exhibitions are devoted to modern and contemporary artists. Last year saw a fascinating exhibition of death's heads from Caravaggio to Damien Hirst.

Venue name: Musée Maillol
Address: 61 rue de Grenelle
7e
Paris

Opening hours: 10.30am-7pm (last admission 6.15pm) Mon, Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun; 10.30am-9.30pm (last admission 8.45pm) Fri
Transport: Métro Rue du Bac
Price: €11; €9 reductions; free under-11s

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