If you are fond of the Marais and the history of Paris, the photographic exhibit at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsm will be well worth a visit.
The photographer, Alécio de Andrade, was born in Brazil in 1938 and immigrated to Paris in 1964. Paris became his home until his death in 2003. He was a poet, pianist and a lover of the arts. During the years 1974 and 1975 he took many photos of the Marais which enables us to take a visual journey to this quartier that was evolving from a community of Ashkenazic Jews to a mix of Eastern European Jews and Jews from North Africa. Andrade captures everyday life of the predominantly working class inhabitants of the Marais.
As an added bonus, there are two lovely statues done by Chana Orloff on display. Information on her life and her exile during Nazis occupied Paris is provided in English.
If this will be your first visit, save time to visit the main collection of the museum. It presents the rich and varied history of the Jewish people with many stories of those currently living in the Marais. The museum is located in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan at 71, rue du Temple, 75003. Here is the website for more information: http://eilat-loisirs.com/index.php
When you are entering the courtyard be sure to take a look to your left and notice the false facade constructed against the buildings to give the courtyard a classic and more aesthetic look. In this courtyard is the magnificent statue of capitaine Dreyfus, done by sculpture Tim (Louis Mitelberg).
Enjoy the promenade back in time!