The Pinacothèque de Paris is a small art museum in the 8th arrondissement. In a city known for its large and wildly popular museums — like the Louvre or the Centre Pompidou — the Pinacothèque often falls off of the radar for most visitors. However, those who do go there will experience a hidden gem with a unique perspective on art.
The museum’s atmosphere is that of a large art gallery: darkened and intimate, it gives art lovers a quiet place to truly appreciate the works that are displayed. Its ambiance is exactly the opposite of what is offered by the vast and bright halls of larger museums. Instead, the Pinacothèque feels like a secret sanctuary for those who know the true meaning of artistic expression.
From April 10 until September 7, 2014, the Pinacothèque will pay tribute to one of the most famous historical figures of all time. In a exhibition called “The Myth of Cleopatra,” the last queen of Egypt will be revealed through various works of art. Beginning with archeological discoveries of the Ptolemaic period, the exhibition uses artifacts, sculptures and paintings to show representations of Cleopatra as the modern world knows her. To reinforce our modern conceptions, the exhibit also includes film costumes and other examples of representations of the Egyptian queen from more recent times.
The “Myth of Cleopatra” exhibit is so immense that it spans over both buildings that the Pinacothèque uses for its collections. The Pinacothèque 1, which is located at 28 Place de la Madeleine (75008), will show the paintings, sculptures and film costumes that created the modern myth of the famous queen while the Pinacothèque 2 located at 8 Rue Vignon (75009) will show off the archeological artifacts that represent the period during which the queen lived, as well as the creation of her legend in Ancient Rome.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier are centrally located, making it easy to visit both locations. In this way, they can get a comprehensive understanding of how the legend of Cleopatra was created.