Marie Gicquel, edited by Mélanie Faure 08h01, March 31, 2023

Until August 27, 2023, the Carnavalet - History of Paris Museum is taking visitors on a land navigation to discover a completely different Paris: the one seen by a creator, Philippe Starck who agreed to be the magician. Europe 1, partner of the event, tells the story of the exhibition "Paris is Pataphysique", between poetry and furniture.

What is real or imaginary? The Carnavalet Museum is hosting a brand new temporary exhibition until 27 August, of which Europe 1 is a partner. Entitled "Paris is Pataphysique", it takes the visitor on a journey through Paris, with the eyes of French designer Philippe Starck. An imaginary vision, which takes you to the most famous places of the capital.

The #expoStarck is open to @museecarnavalet! Come and experience a unique journey, oscillating between real and imaginary, within an original scenography designed by Philippe #Starck.


— Paris Musées (@parismusees) March 29, 2023

This exhibition is a bit like Philippe Starck's attic. Moreover, it is the designer who finally welcomes us... rather his wax statue from the Musée Grévin. We discover his most unusual achievements of stuffed animals that do not exist, heads of pigeons and bodies of rats, or this clock that does not give the real time, vestige of the famous Costes coffee. But the course becomes more familiar with furniture that we know well. Our photo booths, for example, the ones we meet in the subway. "In the photo booth, if you want to become beautiful, there is a procedure," we hear Philippe Starck declare in the cabin he created from scratch.

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A "poetry" and a "crazy story" of Paris

The designer wants to add a little fantasy to Paris. "When it comes to talking about Paris, well, the funny thing is to talk about it as if nothing existed. As if everything were poetry, crazy story." Philippe Starck is 50 years of career, 10,000 projects realized with their share of legends, such as the decoration of Danielle Mitterrand's room at the Elysee, whose brown tones made nightmares to the First Lady.