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Appel d’art / A Breath of Fresh Art: open days in the Emmaus boarding houses

On 26 and 27 October, the residents of boarding houses (pensions de famille) run by "EMMAÜS Solidarité" become cultural mediators, presenting a selection of works from the City of Paris museums.


The boarding houses (pensions de famille) are places where people who have been on the streets can enjoy their own private accommodation.

For several weeks, reproductions of works from the collections of six Parisian museums (Musée Cernuschi, Musée Cognacq-Jay, Petit Palais, Maison de Balzac, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Zadkine) were displayed in seven of the boarding houses run by EMMAÜS Solidarité.

The objective was to make culture accessible to all and to work with the residents through workshops, discussions, visits and exchanges so that they, in turn, could present the works to the general public.

A project aiming to broaden access to culture.

Jointly run by EMMAÜS Solidarité and Paris Musées, "Appel d'Art / A Breath of Fresh Art " is a cultural project aiming to promote encounters between the EMMAÜS residents and the City of Paris museums, with as its theme: "solidarity, sharing and giving".

The aim is to show how fostering intercultural exchanges between a venue and its immediate environment contributes to a sense of community in a neighbourhood and to developing a kind of urban renewal in step with the changes taking place in the contemporary world.

Works of art on the theme "solidarity, sharing and giving"

Check out the reproductions of artworks selected for the "Appel d'Art / A Breath of Fresh Art" project:

    Friday 26 October, from 2pm to 6pm
    Saturday 27 October, from 10am to 7pm

> Download the complete programme and description of the projects
> Download the map of boarding houses (pensions de famille) taking part

Pension de Famille Clichy-La-Garenne

Cosette de Emile Bayard

© Maisons de Victor Hugo / Roger Viollet

27 rue de Neuilly, 92010 Clichy La Garennne

Artwork on display: Cosette by Emile Bayard (1837-1891)
Charcoal on paper, 1878 – Paris, collection of the Maison de Victor Hugo

The project:  "Let me in"

Pension de famille Jacques Cartier

Pierre Proudhon et ses enfants en 1853

© Petit-Palais / Roger Viollet

8 rue Jacques Cartier, 75017 Paris

The artwork on display: Pierre Proudhon and his children in 1853, by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), Oil on canvas, 1865 - Paris, Collection of the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

The project: "Painting generosity"

Pension de famille Cour Saint Pierre

Oeuvre exposée : Réunion de poètes, Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)

© Musée Cernuschi / Roger-Viollet

8 Cour Saint Pierre, 75017 Paris

Artwork on display: Gathering of poets, Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) Ink and colours on paper – Paris, Collection of the Musée Cernuschi

The project: "The art of sharing"

Pension de famille Taitbout

Oeuvre exposée : "Le Joueur de balalaïka", Jean-Baptiste Leprince (1734-1781)

© musée Cognacq-Jay / Roger Viollet

44 rue Taitbout, 75009 Paris

Artwork on display: The Balalaika Player, Jean-Baptiste Leprince (1734-1781) Oil on canvas, 1764 - Paris, Collection of the Musée Cognac-Jay

The project: "Sharing the enlightenment"

Pension de famille Valmy

Oeuvre exposée :  Gavroche à onze ans, Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

© Maisons de Victor Hugo / Roger Viollet

179 bis quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris

Artwork on display:  Gavroche aged 11, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Pen and brown ink wash, 1861-1862 - Paris, Collection of the Maison de Victor Hugo

The project: "Gavroche, Maison de Victor Hugo"

Pension de famille Javel

Pension de famille Javel

© Maison de Balzac / Roger Viollet

57/59 rue de Javel, 75015 Paris

The project: "There’s a Balzac inside every one of us”

Pension de famille Montreuil

Oeuvre exposée : L'invité - Musée Zadkine

© Maison de Balzac / Roger Viollet

6 rue Berger, 93100 Montreuil

Artwork on display: The Guest - Musée Zadkine