Image by Julia Fortuin

UNESCO – Artwork in an international office

If it were not for a friend of mine that works here I would have never realised that the UNESCO is a visitable place for ordinary citizens. You only have to go through a security check (which is a regular in Paris now anyway) but no particular reason is needed to visit this building. But then, why would you? Well…

UNESCO owns an impressive collection of artwork, including works by Picasso and Miró. Also the numerous member countries often do autopromotion through exhibitions or little markets, which can on the occasion be entertaining. Little bonus: the entrance is free!

Most of the artworks can be found on the ground floor, just take left in the hallway and take it from there. The biggest artwork you will see is a fresco by Picasso. An interesting fact on this piece of art: the master painter refused to sign his artwork once he found out that pieces of concrete were constructed in front of the fresco, limiting the view on the wall.

Visiting the UNESCO is different from visiting a museum, meaning that artworks are not explained nor signposted. If my friend had not given me a little tour, I’m not sure I would have found all artworks myself. But guided tours are organised, which you can check out here.

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7 place Fontenoy, Paris

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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:30




Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)