Boulogne Billancourt 1930'S Museum + Garden Albert Khan
In the 1930s, Boulogne was one of the most dynamic towns in France.
It was here, just on the edge of the capital, that the film-makers Abel Gance, Marcel Carné and Jean Renoir and the architects Le Corbusier, Mallet Stevens and Tony Garnier came to live or work... It was also in Boulogne that several automobile and aeronautical industries based themselves, including Renault.
The Musée des Années 30, next to the town hall, pays tribute to the countless artists, designers, and architects who lived in the suburb. Here you'll find monumental sculptures, paintings of the Ecole de Paris, including society portraits by Tamara de Lempicka, Cubist gouaches by Juan Gris, ceramics and architectural maquettes. Ruhlmann's Apollo buffet in wood and ivory inlay and a remarkable drinks cabinet by Herbst are some highlights of a superb Art Deco collection.
Art Deco was a popular international art design movement from 1925 until the 1940s, affecting the decorative arts such as architecture, interior design, and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts, and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional, and modern.
The movement was a mixture of many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, Art Nouveau, and Futurism.