The Grand Palais will host the 32nd edition of La Biennale Paris from 18 to 22 September 2020, before it closes for renovation at the end of the year. During the construction period, a Grand Palais Éphémère will provide continuity for all major cultural events, including La Biennale Paris, which will be held there in 2021.
The Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary 10,000 m2 building, promoted by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais and Paris 2024, will be located on the Champ-de-Mars in early 2021 until the end of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It is designed by Wilmotte & Associés and produced by GL events.
It will host the major art, fashion and sports events usually held in the nave, including the FIAC, the Saut Hermès and Chanel's fashion shows, during the renovation of the Grand Palais, it will also host cultural and artistic events designed by the Rmn - Grand Palais.
La Biennale Paris will reopen the season of cultural events at the Grand Palais in 2024.
The staging of La Biennale Paris, such madness!
The day that I was offered this incredible project, images ran through my head, those of the past Biennale events, its atmosphere and the many installations it harbours. The Grand Palais, a giant lung made of glass, open to the sky like a canopy, has always made my heart pound. At every event, it becomes a gigantic playground for my imagination and my obsessions. In this exhibition, you will find galleries of various types presenting exceptional works. It is this surreal dialogue that has been my starting point. The objects interact in this infinite space with the transparent ceiling. An Infinite set of architectures were crafted in my mind and then a word suddenly appeared: metaphysics. These eleven magical letters, signifying immoderation, immensity, where our shadow is lost in the vanishing points just like in squares and empty streets. The oversized statues presented at La Biennale Paris are like miracles from the past and act as a testament to antiquity but also art, which crosses time and space, thereby creating its own timeless rhythm. For 5 days, visitors will travel in a space wherein artistic eras live in harmony according to their own cycles. Timeless!
La Biennale Paris pays homage to Carlos Cruz-Diez, a figure of kinetic art, died July 27th at the age of 95, and showcases, in partnership with La Patinoire Royale - Galerie Valérie Bach, a major work of the French-Venezuelan artist, "Transchromie", a symbol as well of La Biennale Paris' desire to open up to the contemporary sector.
Presented in Brussels, the work is to be discovered for the first time in Paris in its original format of 15 x 15m at the feet of the paddock of the nave of the Grand Palais. Designed in 1965 for the Denise René Gallery, Carlos Cruz-Diez's "Transchromie" is a monumental environment, a vital experience of colour, which represents an important element in the artist's career. The visitor is immediately immersed in this large installation, which allows him to experience the extreme "sensorialization" of color. This work resembles the artist's willingness to live all the theories and practices he has conceived and defended throughout his prolific life and career.