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Enlightenment : Carte Blanche for Christian Lacroix

From 19 November to 19 April 2015

In celebration of its grand reopening, the Musée Cognacq-Jay has offered Christian Lacroix a creative carte blanche.

Established in 1928 by the founder of the La Samaritaine department store, Ernest Cognacq, in 1990 the museum was transferred to the Hôtel Donon, a recently-renovated sixteenth-century townhouse in the Marais district. The Musée Cognacq-Jay is home to a collection of emblematic eighteenth-century artworks, selected by its founder to be displayed in wood-panelled rooms representative of "the artistic décor of French life".
Renowned for his creative collaborations with museums, Christian Lacroix has accepted the dual challenge of reimagining the "guiding narrative" of the exhibition spaces while exploring a concept which has shaped his own approach to his art - the fascination exerted by the eighteenth century. He has curated contributions from over 40 contemporary artists, invited to reflect upon ten key themes identified in Ernest Cognacq's collections with a view to enhancing our understanding of the Age of Enlightenment and its continued relevance in our own era.

Curators :

Christian Lacroix
Rose-Marie Mousseaux, director of the musée Cognacq-Jay.

You can download the  :
- first floor
- second floor
- third floor
- fifth floor

Or mobile application

Discover the presentation of the exhibition :

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With the support of :

                                                                          logo du Crédit Municipal de Paris                            logo Lelièvre Paris

Practical information


Plein tarif : 8 €
Tarif réduit : 6 €

Du fait de l'exposition LUMIERES - carte blanche à Christian Lacroix dans les salles du musée, le prix d'entrée du musée est celui de l'exposition.


Ouvert de 10 heures à 18 heures, du mardi au dimanche (fermeture de la caisse à 17h). Fermeture le lundi et les jours fériés.


Musée Cognacq-Jay
8, rue Elzevir
75 003 Paris

Le musée n’est pas accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.


Museum closure
Due to the health context, the Cognacq-Jay museum is currently closed.
The museum is preparing to reopen in July. More information coming soon.