Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

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Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

French contemporary artist; Jean-Michel Othoniel is responsible for this colourful beauty.

Situated on Place Collette in front of the theatre Comédie-Française on Rue Saint Honoré.

 

It is different, it is profound and of course, it courses interest, excitement, bewilderment and agitation.

Not unlike the construction of the Eiffel Tower or the original metro entrances designed by Hector Guimard, art and design can polarise people.

If that was Jean-Michel Othoniel’s intention, it worked.

Originally named Palais Royal in the summer of 1900, when it was one of the first of eight stations that made up the main line one.

After the installation of I. M. Pei’s glass Pyramid and the re-opening of the Louvre in 1989, a new entrance was created and the station re-named to Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre.

The year 2000 saw the centenary of the Métro system and with it the Place Colette entrance was commissioned to Jean-Michel Othoniel to re-design the ‘kiosk’.

 

What could be translated as a homage and modern interpretation on Hector Guimard’s original Art Nouveau design from 100 years earlier, of iron and glass.

 

Jean-Michel Othoniel set about making this dramatic and colourful contemporary representation using aluminium and glass.

Twin cupolas crowning the entrance high overhead. Coloured hand blown Murano Glass from Venice dripping from the cupolas like coloured jewels.

Aluminium lacework, surrounding the stairs and the ‘legs’ or posts made from a series of aluminium baubles reflecting the glass balls, and perhaps Hector Guimard’s curvaceous posts.

No signage, to guide the lost tourist as to which metro station it might be, but Hector Guimard’s original installations did not carry metro names either, these came later.

The art installation and Metro entrance is named the Kiosque des Noctambules: Kiosk of the night-walkers.  If you find yourself in need of a rest during a night time stroll near this colourful metro entrance, a bench is incorporated into the back end.

If you find yourself lost near this un-named entrance, you can be certain it is Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, because there is no other like it in Paris.  A one of a kind.

 

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Paris Adèle’s Information Nécessaire:

Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
1st Arrondissement
 
Entrance: Place Colette Rue Saint Honoré Paris 75001
Line Number: 1
Line Colour: Yellow
Line Direction: La Defense to Château de Vincennes
Exits for Station: Seven
Serving: Charles de Gaulle Étoile, Champs Elysées-Clemenceau, Concorde, Tuileries, Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville, Bastille, Gare de Lyon
Pronounced: Pal-ay – roy- arl – muse-ay – do – loo-vre
 
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Places nearby and on the same metro line :

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Metro Stations of Interest :

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