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“Small, beautiful and free”
Review of Zadkine Museum

Zadkine Museum
Ranked #274 of 1,124 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A small art museum located in the former home of Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine.
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“Small, beautiful and free”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is a museum of quality and NOT quantity. It really is worth a visit, simply to sit in Zadkine's garden to have a few minutes of quiet whilst admiring his amazing work. Like the Musee Bourdelle, it is free and the personality of the artist shines through since it is his house. The Museum is also very convenient for the Jardin Luxembourg.

Visited August 2013
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“Excellent little museum, and free”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I wasn't familiar with this sculptor until I came across the www.millerwalks.com (Walking Paris with Henry Miller) website and found out that Zadkine was the inspiration for Miller's "M. Borowski" character.

The hidden gem has very good art works (mainly wood and stone sculptures) and is thoughtfully laid out. Admission is free but I was happy to make a donation to support it.

(About 20 to 30 minutes to walk here from Villa Seurat, if you are interested in other Henry Miller connections.)

Visited January 2013
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Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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“Wonderful display of Zadkines work and its free!”
Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Small museum and courtyard garden beautifully displaying Zadkines work . There are about 6 or 7 small rooms in what was his house showing his work in stone and wood then out in a small garden there are many very striking sculptures in metal. There is a second building made especially to display his tools and some unfinished works
Definitely worthwhile to visit for an hour or so and IT IS FREE

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“Handsome small museum for an individual, individualistic, sculptor”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Through a modest entrance on an industrial-looking block, past the courtyard and parking lot of a private residence - there's the Musee Zadkine. Newly reopened after a year's refurbishing, the museum consists of several rooms on the ground floor of what was once Ossip Zadkine's residence, as well as the ground floor of his studio and a small sculpture garden, all donated to the City of Paris by his widow.

While the concept is similar to to the Rodin Museum, Zadkine worked mostly in the first half of the 20th century in an entirely different style, showing a flash of Modigliani here, a bit of primitivism there, a strong Cubist flavor in his later work. In the stone, wood, and plaster sculptures indoors, and the bronzes outside, Zadkine returned to favored themes repeatedly - water-carriers, hermaphrodites, female torsos - and also reflected a post-WWII sensibility. The large bronzes display nicely in the garden, their cozy placement only enhanced by a blanketing of fallen leaves when I visited. Four bas-relief still-lifes in alabaster, taken from the facade of a private home they were apparently produced for and now displayed in the studio, have an entirely different look, not readily recognizable as by the same artist who produced the massive near-by 'Prometheus.'

Perhaps because of the recent reopening, there were a surprising number of people viewing the collection on a Tuesday afternoon. Wooden blocks set in the garden offer seating for those who wish to linger but don't lend themselves to a leisurely stay. This small museum will not require a long visit, but it is an easy walk from the Tour Montparnasse with its panoramic view of the city; down the block is an entrance to the Jardin de Luxembourg (overlooked by a brick building with beautiful inset ceramic tiles). Like all City of Paris museums, the Musee Zadkine does not charge an entry fee.

Visited November 2012
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“A Hidden Jewel in Montparnasse”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Ossip Zadkine was a Russian-born Cubist sculptor who emigrated to Paris in 1908 and worked there from 1928 until his death in 1967. In 1981 his house and works were donated to the City of Paris. The house is located at the end of a small, narrow street which is enclosed by garden walls.

The museum is not difficult to find if you know what you are looking for. I passed it by once because the vertical sign is not eye-catching. If you exit at metro Vavin, go down rue Vavin, turn right on rue d’Assas, and it is a short walk from there. Zadkine’s works are displayed in and around his small house and garden, and the location is quite near the Jardin du Luxembourg. The works cover musical, mythological and religious subjects, and his style varies with his materials.

Of course, his sculpture is not to everyone’s taste, but if you like Rodin, you will surely like Zadkine, and I wonder why this sculptor is not as well-known. Inside the house, you will find his smaller sculptures, but outside in the garden are his life-size and larger than life-size sculptures which are absolutely stunning. His well-known masterpiece, the Rotterdam war memorial, is a dramatic bronze figure with its arms outstretched and torso pierced with a jagged hole, symbolizing the damage done to Rotterdam after the Germans bombed the city in 1940. In Zadkine’s atelier, one of his works, “Prometheus,” a mythological figure who stole fire from the gods, is carved into a nine-foot tall tree trunk.

The address is 100 bis rue d'Assas, 75006 Paris, and it is open 10am-6pm Tue-Sun. It’s free. You can take photos without flash; you can’t wander back to the beginning of the museum for security purposes, but you can exit and reenter the museum; and you can not walk on the grass in the garden. I still loved this museum.

Visited October 2012
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