You want to soak up art, food and style on your next trip? Well, you won’t be disappointed, Paris doesn’t rest on its laurels and is preparing for it’s reopening. From Summer 2021, there will be new architectural wonders, legendary museum reopening’s and lots of exciting exhibitions. It’s impossible to list them all, but here is why you should visit Paris in the future!
NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS will reopen mid-April 2024, it’s official!
After a heated debate over it’s design, it has been decided to renovate the beloved cathedral exactly the same. Despite the extensive damage on its roof two year ago, most of the priceless artefacts inside remains intact (the stained glasses, the paintings, the statues, the organ and even the rooster at the top of the spire… ) . They are all being carefully cleaned and put into storage until the reopening of the cathedral. The renovation is now underway and you can observe it from the plaza which has partially reopened.
THE NEW SAMARITAINE The 1870 iconic department store building, situated in the heart of Paris, has been exquisitely restored thanks to LVMH and master artisans. Returned to their stunning original radiance, the historical decors and façades have been restored. The exuberance of Art Nouveau and the linear geometry of Art Deco meld with the innovative architecture of the Japanese Sanaa agency. Overlooking the river and the Pont Neuf, the Cheval Blanc palace will offer amazing views, as well as the biggest swimming pool and suite in Paris. Opening: May 28, 2021!
Aielles CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES – Le Grand Contrôle is one of the most anticipated openings this year (June 1st, 2021). It will be the first hotel to have a home within the perimeters of the Château. Although few details have been released, I can tell you that it is made up of 14 exceptional rooms and suites filled with restored period furniture. Even better, there will be a spa and an indoor pool as well as a Ducasse gastronomic restaurant. Guests will enjoy privileged access to the Château de Versailles and its grounds including Marie-Antoinette’s Petit Trianon. If you are interested, contact me .
BOURSE DU COMMERCE – PINAULT COLLECTION situated in the very heart of Paris, the museum will be dedicated to Contemporary Art. From June 2021, it will host some of the art collection of François Pinault, the art French collector, owner of the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana in Venice, Italy). Built in the late 18th century, the building was originally used as a place to negotiate the trade of grain and other commodities. 3.000 sq.m have been restored and designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the top floor will present a new point of view over Paris, Saint-Eustache church and the Centre Pompidou.
THE HOTEL DE LA MARINE Since 1774, the beautiful neo-classical façade has looked onto Paris’ Place de la Concorde. After its renovations the magnificent mansion’s heritage should reopen before this Summer. It’s a Parisian landmark, a ceremonial building with a sumptuous scenography marrying technology and heritage. Its loggia has born witness to history with the execution of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinettein on the square named today the Place de la Concorde. After the French Revolution, the Navy Minister installed his office in the building that was once used by French Kings and Queens for royal furniture storage.
THE MUSEE CARNAVALET is a wonderful museum dedicated to the history of the city of Paris. It should reopen before the Summer after years of intensive renovation. It was first opened in 1880 in 2 private Renaissance mansions, one of the oldest in the Marais. It displays Gallo-Roman and Medieval archaeological background, memories of the French Revolution, furniture, paintings, sculptures, wonderful old street signs, all in a splendid architectural setting. No doubt the long awaited renaissance of the Musée Carnavalet in the Marais and its colossal collection will be on your list when you come back!
VICTOR HUGO HOUSE You loved the ‘Les Misérables’ and “Notre Dame de Paris” books or movies? It is now possible to enter the house where the famous French writer lived (from 1832 to 1848). Situated in the very heart of the Marais, on Place des Vosges, this is the house where he wrote most of his book ‘Les Misérables’. It has been completely renovated and now, from his bedroom, you will access the hidden courtyard downstairs and the terrace of the café where you will refuel underneath the 150-years old chestnut trees.
PALAIS GALLIERA The Paris Fashion Museum has undergone a major refurbishment which doubled its size by utilising the vaulted basement. Built in the 19th century, it was once a private mansion. The collections, including some 100,000 pieces of clothing and accessories, are among the richest in the world. They reflect the fashion trends and habits of France from the 18th century until modern day. The site has a library and resource centre that is accessible by appointment only. It has reopened last October.
THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE WRAPPED by famous artist Christo is sure to be a temporary artwork that will turn heads ON THE Champs-Elysées from Sept 1 to Oct 4, 2021… . Harnessing 25,000 square meters of silvery-blue recyclable fabric tied up with red rope ). It’s a collaboration with the Centre Pompidou which did host the exhibition Christo et Jean Claude. Paris! last Fall, including drawings, documentation and more related to another of their famous works, “The Pont-Neuf Wrapped, Project for Paris, 1975-85.”
Please note that the GRAND PALAIS has close for renovation and upgrade. It will reopen for the Olympic Games in 2024. Meanwhile, it has temporarily relocate to “the GRAND PALAIS EPHEMERE” on the Champ de Mars, near the Eiffel Tower.
ATELIER DES LUMIERES launches its new immersive experience from May 1st 2021 until January 2022. The Paris digital art museum opened in 2018 in an old foundry site and it has been hugely successful.
Last but not least, a thrilling calendar of art exhibitions will entice culture vultures to visit Paris and enjoy it’s reopening.
All this is only the tip of the iceberg, there will be a lot more and many reasons to celebrate when Paris reopens in a few months!
Photos credit Airelles-Château de Versailles, Atelier des Lumières, la Samaritaine, Bourse du Commerce-Pinault Collection, Tadao Ando, Hôtel de la Marine, Musée Carnavalet, Maison de Victor Hugo, Palais Galliera, Centre Pompidou, Christo, Personal Paris Copyright 2021