The 104 (Centquatre) is a public cultural cooperative in Paris, open since 2008 on the site of a former municipal funeral parlor. The entirely renovated complex is one of Europe's largest artists' residencies: dancers, writers, painters, sculptors, designers and just about anybody with creative proclivities and something to contribute can exhibit in the large 29,000 square meter space.
Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF)
Comprised of several sites, the National Library of France (BNF), so named since 1994, is the national library of the French Republic, the heir of royal collections made since the late Middle Ages. It is the largest library in France and one of the largest in the world. Its activities are spread over seven sites, the main one being the library of François-Mitterrand site or Tolbiac. The historic site, dating from the seventeenth century, is in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.
The Musée Bourdelle preserves the studio of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, and provides an example of Parisian ateliers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today the museum contains more than 500 works including marble, plaster, and bronze statues, paintings, pastels, fresco sketches, and Bourdelle's personal collection of works by artists including Eugène Carrière, Eugène Delacroix, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, and Auguste Rodin. (source: wikipedia.org)
In 1896, the financier Henri Cernushi bequeathed his mansion overlooking Parc Monceau to the city of Paris, and with it his collection of art from the Far East aquired during his world travels. Completely renovated in 2005, it contains a remarkable collection of ancient Chineses art including neolithic earthenware, archaic bronzes, funeral statues and 20th century Chinese classical and modern paintings.
Cité de la Mode et du Design
Set in audaciously remodeled industrial buildings on the Left Bank is a new nexus of fashion and design. A nimble wooden structure, complementing glass and metallic elements, a grassy stretch for strolling… the Cité de la Mode et du Design is part events space, business conference space, restaurant and boutique zone and, of course, the home of the French fashion institute.