Baudelaire and Aesthetic Curiosities

Musée de la vie romantique (Museum of romantic life) in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, resting the confines of the infamous neighborhood of Pigalle, exhibits artists of the 19th century artistic movement of romanticism. Besides its exhibitions, it has a pretty garden, hidden away from the commotion of the restless capital. And most important of all, it is hosting an exhibition on Baudelaire and the art of his time.

Paintings by Edouard Manet in the background. On the left, Spanish knights and in the middle, Angelina.

Paintings by Edouard Manet in the background. On the left, Spanish knights and in the middle, Angelina.

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A Gem in Toulouse: Musée des Augustins

One of the best museums in Toulouse, Musée des Augustins offers a brilliant collection of medieval art and French paintings. It is a must-see not only for art enthusiasts but for everyone visiting the brick colored city of Toulouse.

Housed in an ancient convent, Musée des Augustins resides in a majestic setting. Besides its art collections the museum compound hosts a gigantic church and a beautiful courtyard surrounded by an elegant gothic arcade.

The beautiful hall designed by Jorge Pardo houses the 12th century Romanesque capitals.

The beautiful hall designed by Jorge Pardo houses stunning Romanesque capitals dating back to the 12th century.

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Tribal Artefacts in Paris: Musée du Quai Branly

Musée du Quai Branly in Paris is a museum of tribal objects and artefacts and definitely a must-see for those interested in the genre. Its building, designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel, is also an interesting piece of contemporary architecture.

Although the collection of Quai Branly is rich, colourful and fascinating, like other European and North American museums with colonial collections, it does not present the genuine story of the origins of its objects. And the visitors ought to ask the question, how come ritualistic tribal objects from Polynesia, Australia or Madagascar end up in Paris, completely removed from their original contexts.

Fancy architecture by Jean Nouvel - Part of the museum overlooking the street is covered by a vegetal wall. The museum is preceded by a very strange glass window, which continues for meters separating the museum garden from the street. (Notice the Eiffel Tower in the background)

Fancy architecture by Jean Nouvel – Part of the museum overlooking the street is covered by a vegetal wall. The museum garden is preceded by a very strange glass window, which continues for meters separating the garden from the public street. (Notice the Eiffel Tower in the background)

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