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Why Paris is the city of love for art.

Paris has an enormous artistic heritage – for a long time, it was the first stop on the Grand Tour, became a centre of art development in the late 19th century and is the city were the avant-garde emerged. The residency ateliers of the Federal Chancellery are situated between the Centre Pompidou and Place des Vosges in Marais – one of the oldest quarters in the centre of Paris. Given the ties to the Cité internationale des arts and its studio programme, contacts to other artists-in-residence come about easily since more than 1,000 international artists work in the studio buildings every year. Object artists are offered a ground-floor atelier, and two others are allocated to fine artists and photographers.

"Who would think of Paris as a city with closed museums, no tourists and cafés only selling coffee to go. The COVID-19 pandemic shaped my stay and my original project had to be postponed. Everything turned out differently than I had planned and imagined. And so I found a great book on the city's history in my atelier. You might say that it had waited there for me. Where does Paris begin and where do the suburbs end? On my forays into the complexity of the city, I discovered fantastic places and audacious buildings. Paris raised my curiosity and, yes, I want to come back again.”

1. My stay in one word:
2. Things I miss since I am no longer there:
  Cheese and graphic novels.
3. Dos & Don'ts at this place?
  Dos: Getting an espresso from the coffee roasters at the corner, sitting down by the Seine and letting the day go by.
Don'ts: I can't remember any.
4. Where you can buy great supplies:
  Magasin Sennerlier, Carré Rive Gauche, art supplies with a good choice of inks, pigments, etc.
5. What you should definitely bring with you from home:
  Good shoes and a bicycle helmet.
6. On art at my residency place:
  French comic and graphic novels. It's worthwhile to visit a comic shop, e.g. Librairie Opéra BD.
My tip: learning the language with comics.
7. Around the studio – this is where I go shopping, drink a coffee and get the best lunch specials within walking distance:
  The Boulangerie Au Petit Versailles du Marais, right around the corner at the Cité, has the best baguettes.
8. Where I like to spend the evening (dinner, drinks and best sound):
  Restaurants and bars were closed because of the COVID-19 measures.
9. What I would have liked to know about the studio already at the start of my residency:
  If you want to know where parties take place, you should subscribe to the Cité's WhatsApp group.
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