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Eat the museum

A participatory artwork in the shape of a Banquet table created at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris

2 December 2020
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Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris

“Mangez le Musée” is an urban artwork created by Françoise Schein for the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts) in Paris: a 10-meter-long banquet table representing the museum’s collections and created in participatory workshops.

The banquet table, which represents a feast featuring the museum’s collections is set up on the forecourt of the museum.

From November 2017 to February 2018, residents, visitors and the museum’s ” enthusiasts ” were invited to experience Art.

Eat the museum: 70 participants, 70 plates, 70 objects drawn on 1 table of 10 meters long reflecting the museum’s 7 collections (scientific instruments, materials, construction, communication, energy, mechanics, transportation).

During the museum’s workshops, participants visited various collections to choose “their” favorite objects. Then, with the help of the team, within a few hours, they learned how to look, observe, draw and then paint their object on ceramic tiles.

Each object is illustrated with words chosen by its designer, as well as poetic phrases snaking along the table path – the result of interactions between the participants and the philosopher Simon Brunfaut.

Pursuing Françoise Schein’s and the association INSCRIRE’s artistic approach, Mangez le musée is an invitation to explore all forms of expressions and uses around the table-work. Everyone is welcome to sit at the table, think and eat, watch and share a moment with friends, make new encounters and discover the inventions that have marked the history of techniques.


Odile LeFur, photo and video
Jean Guevel and Véronique Barreras, mediators with the inhabitants
Nayae Kim, Amandine Bertholet, Clara Timoteo, Louise Dubais, Rita Anderaos, assistants
Marie-Catherine Zazzali, Marylin Phelipot and Odile LeFur, support from the 3rd district council
Lohana Schein, Production Coordination
V Contemporary Art Gallery, representation of the artist in Paris
Shauli Einav, saxophonist
Christophe Girard accordionist
Denise Tran Hu Hong, embroidery


Association ASMIE
Musée des arts et Métiers CNAM


Musée des Arts et Métiers, CNAM