The Musée Zadkine is dedicated to the work of sculptor Ossip Zadkine. Opened in 1982, it contains about 300 sculptures, as well as drawings, gouaches, photographs, and tapestries. The museum also has a beautiful garden, decorated with Zadkine’s art. The museum presents 3 to 4 exhibits of contemporary art each year.
The museum was established by Valentine Prax, Zadkine’s wife, who willed their home and studio, as well as the artist’s personal collection, to the City of Paris. The museum was opened in 1982 following her death, and has subsequently augmented its collection by purchases.
Zadkine’s sculpture was influenced by Auguste Rodin and his own contemporaries who practiced Cubism, however, Zadkine was never a part of the Cubist movement. His work also reflects his fascination with African art. His accomplishments include Vienna Biennale sculpture prize in 1951 and the French Grand Prix National des Arts in 1961.