Last night, 16 May, was La nuit européenne des musées in France.
the annual event saw over 130 museums in Ile-de-France open their doors, including the Palace of Versailles and the recently opened Fondation Louis Vuitton, which participated in the event for the first time this year.
It has to be said that I was particularly cultural last night, visiting the Palais Galliera fashion museum to see the Jeanne Lanvin retrospective, the Palais de Tokyo to explore some of the most mind-boggling contemporary art I’ve seen in a long time, and to the Manufacture nationals des Gobelins, which actually has nothing to do with manufacturing goblins, sadly.
The latter deserves a special mention, as it was undoubtedly my favourite.
The exhibition was dedicated to the restoration workshops of the Mobilier national, which repairs, conserves and maintains roughly 80,000 pieces of furniture and textiles. it provides the furnishings of France’s official palaces and presidential residences.
At the exhibition, restorers were on hand to explain the processes involved, and there where sensory tables where you could touch different fabrics. Of particular note were the various videos (in French with French subtitles) where restorers explained the training they go through and the best projects they have worked on.