Thursday, 24 January 2013

Museum Hunt

Whenever friends asks me about things to do in Paris, I say: Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.

A meeting

Housed in a 17th century hôtel particulier in the Marais, the private museum of hunting and nature might seem like a dusty choice. There are rooms filled with taxidermy, gun collections, and curiosities like medieval dog collars.

 Hôtel de Guénégaud

But really, this is a secret meetig place of animal paraphernalia and contemporary art. That old tat on the mantelpiece can easily turn out to be a Jeff Koons, and you might just miss a tiny room where owls cover the ceiling like wild frescos. On a recent visit, I am pretty sure I saw the head of a boar talk. 

Just don't tell anyone about it. 

The taxidermy room
Installation by Françoise Pétrovitch

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