Villa Vassilieff A new contemporary art space
The Chemin du Montparnasse is one of those bucolic streets that adds to the capital’s never-ending charms. On this dead-end street lined with small houses is the former studio of Russian painter and sculptor Marie Vassilieff, where she hosted her avant-garde friends from around the world, including Matisse, Modigliani, Zadkine and Soutine at the beginning of the 20th century. A museum dedicated to Montparnasse’s cultural history until 2013, it was recently entrusted to the Bétonsalon-Centre d’art et de recherche by the Ville de Paris. The contemporary artists who plan to expose their work there from the beginning of February will establish a “dialogue” with their predecessors, particularly those granted residences courtesy of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship. Visitors can also enjoy talks, workshops and a café.