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Musee de la Sculpture en Plein Air, Paris

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The Musée de la Sculpture en Plein Air is a collection of outdoor sculpture located on the banks of the Seine in the 5th arrondissement, Paris, France. The museum opens free of charge.The museum was created in 1980 in the Jardin Tino Rossi to display sculptures from the second half of the twentieth century. It stretches some 600 meters along the Quai Saint-Bernard beside the Jardin des Plantes, between Place Valhubert and Gare d'Austerlitz to just east of Pont de Sully. The museum currently contains over fifty sculptures, including pieces by Alexander Archipenko, Jean Arp, César Baldaccini, and Constantin Brâncuși, as well as the following pieces: Augustin Cardenas (1927-), La Grande Fenêtre, 1974 Marta Colvin (1915-), Le Grand Signe, 1970 Guy de Rougemont (1935-), Interpénétration des deux espaces, 1975 Reinout d'Haese (Reinhoud) (1928-), Melmoth, 1966 Marino di Teana (1920-2012), Structure architecturale, 1973 Étienne-Martin (Étienne Martin) (1913–1995), Demeurre 1, 1954–1958 Sorel Etrog (1933-), Fiesole, 1965–1967 Albert Feraud (1921-), Sans titre, 1979 Yoshikuni Iida (1923-), Shining Wings, 1981 Jean-Robert Ipoustéguy (1920-), Hydrophage, 1975 Micha Laury (1946-), Mind Accumulation, 1988 Aglae Liberaki (1923-), Abellio, 1971–1973 Liuba (1923-), Animal 82, 1982 Liuba (1923-), Stèle, 1977 Bernard Pagès (1940-), Sans titre, 1988 Marta Pan (1923-), Sculpture, 1969 Ruggero Pazzi (1927-), Sculpture, 1979 Antoine Poncet (1928-), Ochicagogo, 1979 Nicolas Schöffer (1912–1992), Chronos 10, 1978 François Stahly (1911-), Neptune II, 1969
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  • We found a nice shady spot to have a picnic on the banks of the Seine where we could eat and watch the tourist boats sail by. The gardens are very nice with many sculptures  more »
  • Everytime I was there, I didn't realise that it was a museum in open air. It's more like a park than a museum. There are not many sculptures, but there are various plants. In summer, different types o...  more »
  • We found this open air garden/museum on our way to the Jardin Plantee and we were struck by how well kept the gardens and sculptures were. It was a very interesting walk.  more »
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  • Frankly, they have no interest and distort even the garden. The day where asked to municipal services to clean the garden, will have to clarify what are the sculptures and what are the things to throw because otherwise everything will end up in the landfill.
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