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The history of La Samaritaine, located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, began in 1870 when Ernest Cognacq, a former fabric salesman, decided to set up a business on rue du Pont Neuf with his wife, Marie Louise Jay. In 1900, the couple began collecting artworks to display in their store. They were then bequeathed to the city of Paris to create the Musée Cognacq Jay. 

Today, the Samaritaine has decided to put art back at the heart of its creativity and has become a real artistic playground.

Confirmed or new wave artists, pop and playful ephemeral works, games of materials, colors and light, la Samaritaine lets art redesign its spaces. Each floor becomes an exhibition space and each wall a means of expression. 

Visitors will be able to discover, among other things, the pop and poetic windows of artist Marion Flament, a graduate of the Ecole Boule, of the decorative arts of Paris and winner of the academy of glass know-how of Hermès. The artist offers us a game of contrast between light and shadow and reveals a luminous spectrum of acidulous colors. But also, the fabulous work of the artist photographer Ella Bats, (our Coup d’œil Number ?? of Acumen), winner of the Prix Jeunes Talents des Agents Associés and finalist of the 36th festival of the Villa Noailles, who reveals, through her images, the energies that circulate inside beings. 

A colorful multi-sensory experience.

La Samaritaine in Arty mode

Until October 31st 

9 Rue de la Monnaie

75001 Paris

Mélissa Burckel