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Drawings Without Reserves

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates the richness of its Cabinet of Drawings with an exceptional exhibition showcasing masterpieces from its current collection. With more than 200,000 works ranging from the 16th century to present day, and from Europe and all the way to Japan, the museum’s collection is one of the largest in the world. Drawings by Masters such as Le Brun, Watteau, Fragonard, Degas and Rodin will be displayed alongside the work of ornamentalists and decorators like Chareau and Royère, in addition to jewelry and haute couture designs.

To showcase the collection’s diversity, 500 works of art have been selected. They will be presented in the form of an symbolic alphabet representative of the major themes of the art of drawing (A for Architecture; D for Decor; S for Seduction, and so forth). Designed by the H5 collective, “Drawings Without Reserves” is an invitation to discover the complete repertoire of artists, significant iconographic ensembles and the astounding discoveries made over recent years.

June 23, 2020 – January 31, 2021

MAD Paris


107-111 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris