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“A Hidden Jewel in Montparnasse”
Review of Zadkine Museum

Zadkine Museum
Ranked #283 of 1,265 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 20 October 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.

1  Thank BeckyBooBird
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Near the Luxembourg Gardens is the tiny but wonderful studio/museum of the sculptor Ossip Zadkine, it is small, quiet, beautiful, and it has a garden with more sculpture. It si so good i cannot find words to describe it and it is free. Go.

Thank HowardYoung
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

Like so many attractions in Paris, closed for refurbishment when I visited, but no information about this on their websites.

1  Thank Adrian H
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

An absolute must; very good selection of Zadkine's works, including the amazing line of projects of monuments that have never became reality, unfortunately, including the one for Guillaume Apollinaire. Charming little garden adjacent to the studio. The museum is also conveniently located with a brief walking distance from the Luxembourg Gardens. Once done with the Zadkine's museum, one can explore the neighboring Montparnasse area.

5  Thank RGSOUNDF
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

This small museum is in the home and studios where Ossip Zadkine lived and worked for thirty years. A small garden with a birch tree has a number of significant sculptures including a personal favorite Orphee (1956).

Open everyday except Mondays and holidays from 10:00AM-6:00 PM.
Admission free except for special exhibits.

One block form Luxembourg Gardens.

2  Thank SFGAL8
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