Musée-Placard d'Erik Satie

Paris, France

Musée-Placard d'Erik Satie

The Musée-Placard d'Erik Satie (Cupboard Museum of Erik Satie) was a miniature museum dedicated to composer Erik Satie (1866–1925). Founded in 1983 and curated by veteran Satie scholar Ornella Volta, it was located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris at 6 Rue Cortot, Montmartre, France.

The "cupboard" museum consisted of a small utility room, measuring 3x3 meters (just under 10x10 feet), that Satie lived in from July 1896 to October 1898. From 1890 he had previously occupied a larger room in the same building, but dire poverty forced him to move into this unheated ground floor closet, which the landlord offered him for 20 francs per quarter. The space was so small that Satie's camp bed blocked the door from fully opening, and on frigid nights he kept warm by sleeping fully dressed with the rest of his clothing piled on top of him. He wrote very little music there, primarily the Pièces froides (1897).



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