In a city brimming with beautiful buildings and jaw-dropping architecture, few buildings impress like the Grand Palais. Built for the Universal Exposition of 1900 and renovated in 2004 after being neglected - and closed - for years, it now houses popular events in the nave (often free), numerous prestigious art exhibitions, and even includes a science exhibition in one wing, the Palais de la Decouverte.So how big is it? Well, the nave is 240 metres long with a glass roof that reaches 45 metres high (big enough to fit a funfair inside!) supported by 6,000 tons of iron and steel.With 13,500m_ of special extra-transparent glass, the interior is extremely bright, and now host to the annual Monumenta exhibition, for which an internationally renowned artist (such as Richard Serra in 2008) takes advantage of the huge space.Step outside and the numerous ceramics and statues will also take your breath away. Situated five minutes from the Champs Elysees, there’s no excuse to not go and see this incredible building.
How to get there
Champs Elysees Clemenceau & Franklin Roosevelt
RER A :
Bus 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
from the 2017-09-21 until the 2018-01-29
Irving Pennat the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
Thanks to his creativity in producing some of the best fashion and still life photography, the American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) succeeded to make a name for himself throughout the world at a very early stage of his career.
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France