NEWSText: Aya Shomura


Musée des Arts décoratifs holds new exhibition “Setting Up A Wall: Four Centuries of Wallpaper” (Original title was “Faire le mur. Quatre siècles de papiers peints”) from January 21st. Revealing the wealth of the Wallpaper Department’s exceptional collection, it will feature three hundred emblematic pieces selected from the reserve collection of more than 400,000 items.


The exhibition juxtaposes and compares wallpapers from different periods and origins to illustrate the broad range of styles and skills in use from the 18th century to the present day. It shows wallpaper’s major role in the history of the decorative arts, whilst highlighting some of the jewels of the largest wallpaper collection in the world.

The exhibition’s title, “Setting up a wall” refers to the different uses wallpaper has in the construction and decoration of a wall surface. Ancient wallpapers are compared with contemporary creations to illustrate production methods, typologies and forms that have changed and evolved with art history. It’s very interesting exhibition.

Setting Up A Wall: Four Centuries of Wallpaper
Date: January 21st – June 12th, 2016
Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00 (Till 20:00 on Thursday, closed on Monday)
*Till 18:00 from January 4th to February 17th even Thursday
Place: Musée des Arts décoratifs
Address: 107, Rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Admission: 11 euro

Text: Aya Shomura

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