40 years after the death of André Malraux, and on the 50th anniversary of the delineation of the first protected Parisian sector, the Carnavalet Museum is holding an exhibition dedicated to the Marais, a district that has a special place in the hearts of Parisians.
Following the Law of 4th August 1962, which established protected sectors whose historic nature justified "conservation, restoration and promotion", this district has benefited from specific heritage protection measures, following the example of the historic centres of cities such as Lyon, Chartres, Clermont-Ferrand and Aix-en-Provence.
The protection of the Marais has led to exceptional individual and collective people-driven ventures. Different perspectives and controversies have been raised through events that brought together decision-makers, developers, elected authorities, social housing providers, architects, town planners and residents.
What were the challenges, successes and pitfalls of the promotion work? What do they reveal? What type of renewal was being sought? This retrospective looks at the heritage-related and aesthetic questions raised by the conservation project, as well as the sociological, economic and human dimensions of the plan. Boasting nearly 300 works of art, it takes a look at 50 years of development of a district whose abundance of private mansions built in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, rubbing shoulders with modern architecture, make it exceptional, and at the heart of which is the Carnavalet Museum.
Testimonies, photographs, films, cards, models, instruments, samples, posters, in situ drawings, samples and architectural elements tell the story of a district that is alive and constantly evolving. Visitors are invited into a “sensory immersion" through the colours and materials of the Marais.
Through the many original pieces from private mansions, apartment buildings or places of worship that have been saved from being destroyed, as well as from recent archaeological excavations, a secret Marais is revealed to the public who can thus rediscover the expertise, way of life and aesthetic that are so specific to this district. Exceptional loans from monuments closed to the public, such as Hôtel Amelot de Bisseuil, currently being restored, will be shown for the first time.
16 rue Francs-Bourgeois - 75003 Paris
Tél. : 01 44 59 58 58 ; Fax : 01 44 59 58 10
Opening hours :
Daily from 10am to 6pm, except Mondays and some public holidays.
Last entrance at 5.30 pm.
Ticket office closes at 5 pm.