I love that two months into my stay in Paris, I am still discovering new places. But I can't believe I've not one person or article has ever suggested visiting the free Atelier Brancusi exhibit next to the Centre Pompidou. The artist Constantin Brancusi bequeathed his studio along with the entire contents to the French State on the condition that it would be reconstructed as it stood on the day of his death in 1957.
During his lifetime, Brancusi spent much time rearranging his sculptures in his studio and even photographing them. He often refused to sell his work in his later years so as not to disturb the unity he had created in his studio. When he did sell a piece, he would replace it with a plaster cast.
The studios and display of his tools make it feel as though Brancusi has just stepped out and might be back at any minute to continue his work. The whole space seems almost a cross between a shrine and a chapel. It's quite moving and definitely worth checking out on your next visit to Paris.
Place George Pompidou
near rue Rambuteau
Closed Tuesdays and May 1st
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic