A unique cultural venue

A hybrid venue for events and exhibitions, a republican venue that has lived through the entire 20th century, a venue fragmented over the course of its history, a museum venue without a collection; through this restoration, the Grand Palais aims to once again become a major cultural venue capable of hosting a wide variety of artistic, cultural and scientific events. With its architecture finally opened up, the new Grand Palais will offer a hybrid, one-of-a-kind programme that will enter the arts, the creative and cultural industries and science into dialogue in order to shine a light on the issues of the contemporary world and outline future perspectives. It will offer answers to current questions and give meaning to a world in crisis.

The major exhibitions that have forged its reputation will cadence the programme in line with current events and in partnership with international, national and regional museums, as well as other institutions with remarkable collections, such as the FRACs or the CNAP. They will be supported by a multidisciplinary programme in order to offer the public multiple perspectives and entry points on the theme of the exhibition. Major events will still be hosted at the Grand Palais, in a fully-restored Nave with a 60% higher visitor capacity. Connections will nevertheless be made between the events and exhibitions with a view to overall coherence and to reinforce the visitor offer.

The Grand Palais will spearhead artistic creation through unique formats in the Nave, with artist residencies, programming or works not confined to the museum’s gallery spaces. All the artistic disciplines will be welcome at the Grand Palais. It also aims to bring in other cultural figures in order to create and produce projects together, working with art schools in particular. It will seek to highlight the cultural wealth and creativity of the different regions. Visitors to the Grand Palais and the Palais de la Découverte will enjoy a common entrance and vast shared spaces, a new proximity that will allow close links to be forged.

The public will be presented with an intersecting perspective between the arts and science, something particularly valuable in a society where the great structuring issues are, by nature, challenging artists, thinkers and scientists alike. Programmed jointly by both institutions, a Children’s Gallery will offer themed exhibitions based on the arts and science to younger visitors.

The new Grand Palais aims to become a living, popular and participatory place, with the visitor taking an active role in cultural and artistic life as part of an overall visitor experience where there’s always something happening. Visitors will be at the heart of the Rmn-GP’s priorities, from reception to programming.

Franck Scurti, été 2020

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Publication date: September 2020