Bourdelle Museum

Musée Bourdelle

18, rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris, 75015
Admission: Free
Free Entry
Wheelchair Access
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
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Tube : Montparnasse (4, 6, 12, 13) Falguières (12).

In Paris, a few museums are dedicated to the work of only one artist. The Musée Bourdelle is one of them. It is an art museum that preserves the studio of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle (1861–1929), and provides an example of Parisian ateliers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was Bourdelle's active studio from 1885-1929.

In 1922, Bourdelle himself planed to turn his studio into a museum. Determined to bequeath his work "as Rodin did", in order to create a museum bearing his name, Bourdelle went as far as to imagine a museum display where each sculpture had its place.

But it was not after Bourdelle death in 1929, in the early 1930s that Gabriel Cognacq provided funds to purchase the studio and thus avoid dispersing the artist's remaining works. The museum was inaugurated in 1949. It was expanded in 1961 by architect Henri Gautruche for the centenary of the artist birth and again in 1992 by Christian de Portzamparc.

Today the museum contains more than 500 works including marble, plaster, and bronze statues, paintings, pastels, fresco sketches, and Bourdelle's personal collection of works by artists including Eugène Carrière, Eugène Delacroix, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Auguste Rodin.

In 2015, the museum went under refurbishment and presents Bourdelle's studio as the heart of the museum. It offers an irreplaceable testimony to the inner world of the artist. Iconographic research through old photographs helped to understand the initial arrangement of the artist studio : in the middle of bric-a-brac of mottled antique furniture, Bourdelle was exhibiting his latest creations - carved or painted - to visitors and potential buyers.

The sculpture studio has surprisingly remained in its original state. It contains the original plaster casts of some of his finest works including 21 studies of Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as document archives and his copies of Greek and medieval works. There is also a garden with Bourdelle's most famous bronze statues, cast from the models displayed in the Great Hall.

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Past exhibitions at Bourdelle Museum - now closed:
Bourdelle personal 13th Nov 2013 - 23rd Feb 2014
Bourdelle's early drawings 1880-1895 6th Mar 2013 - 7th Jul 2013
Rhodia Bourdelle story of a life, history museum 18th Nov 2015 - 27th Mar 2015