2 exhibitions to discover in the Marais in 2018

After the holiday season, it’s time to soak up the culture of the capital, and visit the most beautiful locations dedicated to art. At the Hôtel de Ville, two exhibitions are available, “Les nuits parisiennes”, and the one dedicated to the Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich “Obsession Marlene”, at the European House of Photography (Maison Européenne de la Photographie).

1/ “Les nuits parisiennes” at the Hôtel de Ville de Paris
What would Paris be without its nightlife? The Hôtel de Ville is paying tribute to the Parisian night by presenting through 200 original works, the multiple facets of the nightlife in Paris. From balls to music halls, from discotheques to the jazzy cellars of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, as well as the Palace and Bains-Douches (two famous 80s jet-set clubs), no facet of the Parisian night is left behind. Videos, posters, dresses, photos, and even paintings, reveal the transformations of Paris and the association of social classes which occur at nightfall.

Exhibition “Les nuits parisiennes: du Palais-Royal au Palace”, from November 25th to January 27th, 2018.
Open from Monday to Saturday, form 10a.m. to 6:30p.m.
Free entrance.

Kenzo Birthday Le Palace, March 11th, 1978 © Philippe Heurtault


Hôtel de Ville (website in French)
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

2/ “Obsession Marlene” at The European House of Photography
Thanks to Pierre Passebon, an admirer and collector of Marlene Dietrich, the MEP has gathered over 200 photos of Marlene Dietrich. This Hollywood actress marked the history of cinema and fashion, by becoming one of the most famous icons of the 20th century. Travelling through time with her ageless beauty and mind-blowing cinema roles, the glamourous diva is celebrated until February 225th, 2018.

Exhibition “Obsession Marlene”, from November 8th, 2017 to February 25th, 2018.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11a.m. to 7:45p.m.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Full price: €9 / Reduced rate: €5.

François Gragnon
Marlene Dietrich, Théâtre de l’Étoile,
© François Gragnon / Paris Match / La Galerie de l’Instant

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7, rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 78 75 00
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).


Musée Yves Saint Laurent: the capital’s fashion jewel

Since October 3rd, 2017, Paris is paying a tribute to one of its most famous fashion designer: Yves Saint Laurent. On the Avenue Marceau, between the Arc de Triomphe and under the protective shade of the Eiffel Tower, a new museum has just open its doors: the musée Yves Saint Laurent. Spread along 450m², this unique place in the capital unveils the universe of the one of the most renowned French fashion designer of the 20th century.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent © Luc Castel

Between retrospective and tribute
The musée YSL was thought as a place of tribute and temporary and thematic retrospectives that will be proposed over the month. For its opening, the museum has chosen to show about fifty fashion designers’ models drawings, sketchbooks, but also many photographs, accessories and films retracing his exceptional life. Because Yves Saint Laurent marked fashion history with his avant-gardist creations. The public can namely admire on-the-spot the legendary Yves Saint Laurent’s studio that was recreated for the exhibition and visitors can enjoy also the haute couture salons where the collections were presented. For the anecdote, the museum settled into the actual Hotel Particulier of the Yves Saint Laurent fashion brand. From 1974 to 2002 this is where Monsieur Saint Laurent imagined, drew, and designed his collections. A sumptuous place that will amaze children and adults, and that is to be visited before going back to your room at the hotel Mareuil.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11a.m. to 6p.m.
Nocturnal on Friday until 9p.m.
Closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st.
Full price: €10 / Reduce rate (10-18): €7 / Free for those under 10.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent © Luc Castel

Musée Yves Saint Laurent
5, avenue Marceau
75116 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 31 64 00
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9).




For its 11th edition, Young International Art Fair is back at the Carreau du Temple, just minutes away from the hotel Le Mareuil, from 19th to 22nd October, 2017. Since 2014, the YIA Art Fair for contemporary Art has chosen this 2000m² historical location in the heart of the Marais. This year, 65 French and International galleries will be showing the work of over 300 artists among which Jacques Monory, Leornardo Cremonini and Vera Molnar. Urban Art will be in the spotlight introducing among others the Joel Knafo Art gallery. In 2016, Daniel Buren had been chosen as guest of honor at YIA Art Fair. For this special edition of 2017, a retrospective of the HSBC Prize for photography will be offered, reuniting 44 Prize winners from the last 22 years. Several Parisian galleries, recently opened or well renowned in the capital’s Art landscape will be present at YIA. Famous names include FKMG, Bertrand Grimont, Mariska Hamoudi or Françoise Livinec. Meet you there for an Arty visit!

YIA Art Fair, from 19th to 22nd October, 2017.
Open on Friday from midday to 8.p.m., on Saturday from 11.a.m. to 8.p.m. an on Sunday from 11.a.m. to 7.p.m.
Opening on Thursday 19th October, 2017, from 6.p.m. to 10.p.m.

Credits Annabelle Milon. Courtesy Lemow Éditions. 

Carreau du Temple (website in French)
4, rue Eugène Spuller
75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 83 81 93 30
Metro: Temple (line 3) or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).


12th European Night of Museums in the Marais

Every year, the European Night of Museums is the opportunity to offer a breeding ground. Most Paris museums open their doors for free so you can see their collections and their temporary exhibitions. At the Hotel Mareuil, we love strolling around in the Marais, we invite you to discover the main attractions of the neighbourhood during this arty evening!

In the 3rd arrondissement
We begin the festivities at the Cognac-Jay Museum, where visitors will attend a tour, with readings and music. Tales and fables from Voltaire or Diderot will be recited on Rameau and Mozart music. At the Museum Carnavalet, an opera show will be performed in the gardens. The Musée national Picasso will offer free access to its exhibitions, including the one of Miquel Barceló, “Sol y sombra”. Finally, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature will be organising video screenings, in partnership with the winners of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

© DES SIGNES, studio Muchir Desclouds

In the 4th arrondisssement
Victor Hugo’s House will be opening its doors during a free tour of the flat where the writer and his family have been living from 1832 to 1848. The Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles will invite us to go all over the exhibition of the Belgian painter Paul Delvaux, known for his pictorial and poetic style. The Polish Library in Paris will be programming a concert of classical music. As for the Centre Georges Pompidou, it will enable the public to stroll in its permanent collections, visit the exhibition of French artist JR, and will bring us many other surprises!

12th European Night of Museums in the Marais, on Saturday May 21st, 2016.
Free entrance.

Centre Georges Pompidou
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Metro : Rambuteau (line 11).


Discover the capital with Paris Visites!

The Mareuil hotel suggests to discover places, walks or cultural and gourmet activities not to be missed in Paris, thanks to its blog. To visit the most beautiful tourist areas of the city, we call on Paris Visites. This site founded by Michel Faul, proposes to discover the history of Paris through guided walks filled with anecdotes.

Michel Faul, a passionate man
Behind this guide conceals a history fanatic, who published several biographies of unusual characters of Parisian and French history, literature and music. By creating Paris Visites, he had the desire to share his knowledge and passion with tourists and curious Parisians.


Michel Faul © Bergeot

The best seller visits
Paris Visites sets up numerous tours, including the Parc Monceau, in the neighbourhood of Les Halles, Montorgueil, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, towards the faubourg Saint-Antoine, nearby Bastille, or even place de la Concorde or in the Latin Quarter. Three of them are distinguishable and in high demand. The first presents the heart of Paris over the Seine, from the Louvre Pyramid to Notre-Dame de Paris, until the Conciergerie. The second takes us to Montmartre, a village in Paris, with its Sacré-Coeur Basilica, its vineyards and its famous painters. The last one focuses on the southern part of the Marais and the famous Place des Vosges, so chic, to the medieval Marais with its so typical half-timbered houses, not forgetting the Jewish quarter.

© Facebook Paris-Visites : Private Walking Tours in Paris

Our favourite tour: “Les joyaux de Paris”
In 2h30, Paris Visites invites you to a personalised ride in minibus or limousine. You can choose 6 or 7 places to visit which always made you dream! You want to create exclusive activities such as wine tasting or accordion recital? Ask Michel Faul what you would like, and create a custom tour!

Rate for a walking tour of 2 hours in a legendary district of Paris.
From 1 to 4 people: €130.
From 5 to 10 people: €200.

Rate for the “Joyaux de Paris” tour: Estimate on request (transportation included).

Learn more about Paris Visites.

Discover the History of the Marais at the Carnavalet Museum

The Carnavalet Museum focuses on the history of the Marais, one of the most emblematic districts of Paris. The retrospective “The Marais and its Legacy” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s)”) invites us to discover how it has been renovated, since the first Protection and Development Plan which was set up by the Malraux law, voted in August 4th, 1962.

André Malraux, a visionary
The writer soon realises that this historic borough needs to be protected, almost twenty years after the Second World War. Through the testimonies of inhabitants of the Marais, as well as the producers’, the photographers’, and the historians’, we discover the different stages of modernisation of the 126 hectares related to the 3rd and 4th districts. What was the cultural, economic and social evolution of this site? What were the most significant conservation efforts? The public will find answers to these questions in the museum, also nestled in the heart of the Marais. By the way, a second Protection and Development Plan was voted in December 2013, over 50 years after André Malraux’s. This beautiful exhibition that enables to learn a little more about the history of Paris can be visited with family, during a Sunday stroll in the Marais.

The Marais and its Legacy – ©SDP

“The Marais and its Legacy – 50 years of protection, since the Malraux law” (“Le Marais en Héritage(s) – 50 ans de sauvegarde depuis la loi Malraux”) exhibition, from November 4th 2015 to February 28th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Closed on some bank holidays and on Monday.
Full rate: €9 / Concession (18-26 years old): €6 / Free for underage.

Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
16, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 59 58 58
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) or Saint-Paul (line 1).



Exhibitions you should not miss this fall

This fall, two exhibitions are eagerly awaited by Parisians: the Picasso Mania at the Grand Palais and the Warhol Unlimited at the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris. Both present great artists who have marked Art history, and last more or less the same time.

1 / Picasso Mania at the Grand Palais
The Grand Palais offers to come back to the creation of the myth of Picasso. How this name became famous? How it influenced its contemporaries? One hundred masterpieces by Pablo Picasso are thus confronted with contemporary works signed by David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, or Roy Lichtenstein. This important retrospective also focuses on the iconic works by Picasso, as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica, and comes back to the different stylistic phases of the artist.

Exhibition “Picasso Mania” From October 7th to February 29th 2016.
Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am to 10pm, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 8pm.
Full rate: €13.

Picasso.mania – © Rmn-Grand Palais Poster, Paris 2015/ Gjon Mili/The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images Succession Picasso 2015

Grand Palais
Nef du Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13).

2 / Warhol at the Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris welcomes more than 200 works of icon Andy Warhol. In addition to presenting its Jackies series (1964), Flowers (1964-1965) and Electric Chairs (1964-1971), the museum also hosts 102 screen-printed paintings from the series of Shadows (1978-1979). This is the first time these 17 color works are on display in Europe. “Warhol Unlimited” highlights the serial dimension of the artist’s work.

Exhibition “Warhol Unlimited” From October 2nd 2015 to February 7th 2016.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Nocturnal on Thursday until 10pm.
Full rate: €12.


Shadows, 1978-79, Dia Art Foundation, Photo Bill Jacobson – © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.   ADAGP, Paris 2015

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM)
11, avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 67 40 00
Metro: Iéna and Alma-Marceau (line 9).

The Saint-Jacques tower is open throughout the summer

For the third consecutive year the the Saint-Jacques tower opens its doors to the public during the summer. It has for long been a pilgrim starting point. The St Jacques-de-Compostela has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, The 54 meters high tower offers a unique view of all Paris. This Parisian monument was erected in the early sixteenth century and can boast of being of a flamboyant Gothic style.

More than just a historical building
Besides being one of the most beautiful Parisian monuments, the Saint-Jacques tower also works as a weather station. And at it’s peak, the weather station ‘Montsouris Observatory’ uses it, who is as well providing data to ‘Météo France’.


Saint-Jacques tower © Paris Tourist Office – Photographer: Marc Bertrand

A sporting climbingLike the towers of Notre Dame, the ascent of the Saint-Jacques tower has to be earned! With 300 steps, the tower is a long climb, which is not something for people with vertigo, claustrophobia or people who suffers from heart problems. But once you get to the top, you will discover and see a unique view of the French capital, and at the corners of the terrace where you will see the carved symbols of the four evangelists. A climb which remains athletic and precious!

Open from June 5th to September 27th, 2015.
Wednesday to Sunday from 3:30p.m. to 6p.m.
Full price: €10 / Reduced price: €8.
Book your guided tour (in French).

Square of the Saint-Jacques tower
19, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).

Paris Rendez-Vous: the elegant concept store of the City Hall of Paris

Located close to the City Hall, in the heart of the Marais, Paris Rendez-Vous, the official store of the City Hall of Paris is the rallying point for tourists. Included in this concept store there is a bright sleek, modern design, many gifts and souvenirs, as well as a space dedicated to giving visitors access to a multilingual documentation on the activities offered by the City of Paris, and tablets free of charge.

© Facebook Paris Rendez-Vous

A concept store at the crossroads of business routes
Shop side Paris Rendez-Vous has not finished surprising you with its unusual objects reflecting the diversity and richness of Parisian life. Each borough is represented: the 6th with emblematic wooden sailboats from the Jardin du Luxembourg, the 1st with Fermob chairs in the Garden of Tuileries, or the 11th with Bastille bio coffee beans from Comptoirs Richard. Younger guests can have fun by coloring Paris on the poster that mesures 6 meters installed in the shop, and cyclists will be happy with a choice of accessories and various guides to the most dedicated athletes Parisians. A space strategically located in the heart of the capital, close to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Ile-Saint-Louis.

© Facebook Paris Rendez-Vous

Open Monday to Saturday from 10a.m to 7p.m.

Paris Rendez-Vous
29, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11) or Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14).


Philharmonie de Paris: the new museum dedicated to music

Located in the extension of the Cité de la Musique in the heart of eastern Paris, the Paris Philharmonic revitalizes the neighborhood. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the building’s futuristic curves are made of shiny aluminum spins, covered with 340,000 aluminum birds of seven shapes and in four different colors. The set is very mineral and innovative for the capital.

Façade – Open Days January 17th and 18th 2015 © Beaucardet

A 2,400-seats concert hall
The Philharmonie de Paris has a symphony hall of 2400 seats, located in the heart of the building. Just like the shape of the building, it was designed to completely immerse the viewer in the music, with its wraparound configuration based on design, ergonomics and acoustics. The program is intended eclectic as the public can enjoy dance performances, jazz concerts, or classical, world and current. The Philharmonie de Paris has two permanent shows, the Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, but it also receives three other reputable shows: the Paris Chamber Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, and the Orchestre National d’Ile-de -France. Something for all music lovers.

15-01-2015 Gala – Great Hall © William Beaucardet

A place of musical and cultural expression
Next to this room out of the ordinary were installed five rehearsal rooms for musicians and ten chamber music studios. This educational center is open throughout the year for group workshops of children and adults who want to discover music. The Philharmonie music museum also hosts temporary exhibitions. From March 2015, the museum will offer a retrospective dedicated to the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, and another dedicated to music and fashion icon David Bowie, retracing the route of this unique dazzling artist.

“David Bowie” exhibition: from March 3rd until May 31st 2015.
“Pierre Boulez” exhibition: from March 17th until June 28th 2015.
The music museum is open Tuesday-Friday from noon to 6pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays.

Philharmonie de Paris
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel: +33(0)1 44 84 44 84
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).