Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais
The Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais is a cultural operator whose mission is to promote access to culture throughout France and beyong. It has many savoir-faire in the artistic and museographic sphere. The organization's expertise in the artistic and museographic spheres enables it to play a unique role in the world of culture, and pursue its prime ambition: to enable as many people as possible to interact with art from all cultures, eras and in all its forms.
The Grand Palais, which entered a phase of major renovation work in 2021, is the emblem of the organization: there, it deploys its multi-faceted expertise, including the production of large-scale exhibition and cultural events. Temporarily located on the Champ-de-Mars, the Grand Palais Éphémère will host the events program usually unfolding in the Grand Palais until its renovation is completed. The Rmn – Grand Palais lends its expertise to ambitious and innovative cultural projects in Paris – in the Musée du Luxembourg – and all over France.
Musée du Louvre
A former royal residence, the Louvre has been inextricably linked to the history of France for the past eight centuries. Conceived as a universal museum in 1793, its collections span nine millennia and five continents. Divided into eight departments, soon to be nine, more than 35,000 works can be seen. As the guardian of this unique heritage, the Louvre has always been a place where artists can admire the great masters and create in their turn, even before the French Revolution. Today, the Louvre continues to nourish the imagination of the greatest contemporary creators, architects, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, and even chefs.
Thus, the permanent decor in the museum is a continuation of the palace's history, which is an ideal architectural setting for commissions of painted or sculpted decorations from living artists. The palace is home to decorations by Charles Le Brun and Eugène Delacroix, Georges Braque ('Les Oiseaux', painted in 1953) and, more recently, Anselm Kiefer (Athanor, 2007), François Morellet (Esprit d’escalier, 2010) Cy Twombly (The Ceiling, 2010), Jean-Michel Othoniel (La Rose du Louvre, 2020) and Elias Crespin (L’onde du midi, 2020).
Photo: © 2017 Musée du Louvre / Olivier Ouadah © I.M. Pei / Musée du Louvre
Commissioned to create an urban plan for the 1937 ‘Exposition Internationale’, architect Auguste Perret proposed a monumental thoroughfare that would link the Place d’Italie and the Chaillot hill; a ‘Champs-Élysées of the Left Bank.’ The fall of the Daladier government in 1934 led to the abandonment of this grandiose project. However, Perret did win two prestigious commissions, the Mobilier National (1936) and the Musée des Travaux Publics (1939) – now the Palais d’Iéna – which enabled him to fulfill his dream of erecting a classical monument using reinforced concrete.
Perret sought to establish the use of reinforced concrete as a discipline in its own right, as part of the grand traditions of architecture. With the Palais d’Iéna, he defined a classical order whose proportions flow directly from the logic of the material. Slender columns carry the roof in a single sweep, under which a second building slides. The interplay of these two frameworks creates a setting of perfect proportions. The columns flare out towards the top, joining the edge beam in a pyramid-shaped trunk adorned with plant motifs. The hypostyle hall, staircase, and amphitheater provide a noble setting. The colonnade of the Avenue d’Iéna captures light and shadow across its textures and moldings in a remarkable expression of the ‘reinforced concrete order’ that was Auguste Perret’s contribution to a thousand-year-old architectural discipline.
Photograph by Marion Berrin for Art Basel.
Ville de Paris / Fonds d’art contemporain – Paris Collections
The Fonds d’Art Contemporain – Paris Collections shows its acquisitions for 2023, which come in addition to a collection of over 23,000 works.They reach out to all types of publics, by being loaned out to exhibitions and displayed in primary and secondary schools, residential care homes as well as social centres..
Find out more about the Fonds d’Art Contemporain, its activities and collection on its website.
École du Louvre
A public establishment of the French Ministry of Culture founded in 1882, the École du Louvre is a place of higher education dedicated to art history, archeology, epigraphy, history of civilizations, anthropology and museology.
A place for studies open to the world and boasting several national and international partnerships, as well as a dynamic research center, the École du Louvre also organizes panel discussions, study days, and seminars; furthermore, it publishes educational literature as well as an online research publication.
For Paris+ par Art Basel, students will be present on all four locations of the Sites sector - the Tuileries garden, musée national Eugène-Delacroix, place Vendôme, and Beaux-Arts de Paris - between October 20 and 23 (3-5:30pm) to guide visitors.
Photo © Majid Boustany