The Espace Monte-Cristo
Since 2018 the Espace Monte-Cristo is dedicated to promoting contemporary sculpture with the mission of exhibiting and spreading the word about the works of the Villa Datris Foundation Collection. Entry is free and open to all and its program of events invites visitors to experiment and discover the world of contemporary sculpture from a different angle.
Situated at the heart of the Père-Lachaise district in an old industrial warehouse extending over 300 sq. metres, every year the Espace Monte-Cristo explores a new theme through surprising and original exhibitions devoted to the works of the Collection.
Coinciding with each new theme, a ‘carte blanche’ (open invitation) allows a chosen artist to exhibit their works in a part of the building, bringing their own particular slant to the exhibition.
President of the RAJA Group, Danièle Marcovici, also President and Founder of the Villa Datris Foundation, has always been attached to the historic location of her company, full of memories of her childhood and her beginnings in the profession.
It was back in 1954 that her mother, Rachel Marcovici, successfully launched a business specialising in the distribution of packaging for companies: Cartons RAJA.
This building, which used to serve as offices and for the storage of reused boxes, has gradually been transformed into an exhibition space to showcase the works of the Villa Datris Foundation Collection in a warm and welcoming setting.
of the RAJA Company
Devoted to discovering and experimenting with ceramic materials, this area, which is both instructive and fun, allows children and adults alike to discover the variety of materials and processes used by the artists in the exhibition.
To discover the artworks in the exhibition in a fun way, a booklet is offered free to each young visitor aged 6-12.
The documentary area is home to a base of over a thousand documentary artworks, including a selection proposed on the exhibition theme and made available to visitors. Interviews with the exhibition artists are also shown.
CO-PRESIDENT OF THE VILLA DATRIS FOUNDATION & HEAD OF EXHIBITIONS AT ESPACE MONTE-CRISTO
DIRECTOR OF ESPACE MONTE-CRISTO & HEAD OF THE VILLA DATRIS FOUNDATION COLLECTION
COORDINATION AND EVENTS MANAGER
VISITOR RECEPTION MANAGER
Summer closure from July 24th to August 29th inclusive
WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY
FROM 11AM TO 6.30PM NON-STOP
Access to the exhibitions, ludic area, library and guided visits is free for all visitors.
People with reduced mobility can only access the ground floor of the exhibition.
Any group coming to visit the exhibition without having made a prior booking will be refused access.