Nestled discreetly in the 15th "Passage Dantzig," LA RUCHE owes its existence to Alfred Boucher, a well-known sculptor and a generous philanthropist, who in 1902 set up this three-story circular structure thanks to recycled buildings from the 1900 World’s Fair. La Ruche was designed to help young artists by providing them with shared models and with a large exhibition space. Among the early residents were Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine and Brancusi. La Ruche still welcomes about 60 artists.
During this private visit, you will have the privilege of discovering not only the architecture of this building classified as an "historic monument" and the romantic garden of age-old trees, but also the small studios which, over the years, have been used by famous painters, sculptors and writers. You also will have the opportunity to discover the famous park Georges Brassens (1960s famous singer and poet)
La Ruche is generously opening its doors to WICE members on this very special occasion. Do not miss this exterior and interior (which is not open to the general public) visit of La Ruche.
About the instructor: Holding a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne, Catherine Estivalezes has been involved for many years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to her Art History studies.
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