Actually called the 'Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume' if you please, this grand but squat building set in the Tuileries Gardens, close to the Place de la Concorde and opposite the Orangerie is now an exhibition space for contemporary photography.
The building dates from 1861 when it was used for the precursor of tennis, called “jeu de paume” as it was initially played with one's palm rather than a raquet. 50 years later the running of the building became loosely attached to the Louvre, and until the opening of the Musée d'Orsay just across the river it exposed mostly impressionist works.
Entirely renovated at the beginning of the 1990s, it is now dedicated exclusively to photography and video exhibitions, with a sister site in the Marais area – the Hôtel de Sully – for more historical work.
Many big names have exposed recently, such as Cindy Sherman and Pierre & Gilles, and a large Martin Parr retrospective is planned for summer 2009.
Paris Photo, the annual rendezvous of the photography enthusiasts
During four days, the Grand Palais will be host to the most important artistic event of the fall, Paris Photo, from November 9 to 12
This year, more than 140 photo galleries will gather at the Grand Palais to welcome professional photographs as well as photo enthusiasts who will meet around the biggest French and international galleries to live their passion for it!
From November 12 to 15, galleries, artists, publishers, booksellers and collectors will make part of one of the most important cultural events at the capital, and assist to a variety of exhibitions and workshops through the Paris Photo platform.
Since 1996, Paris Photo has highlighted the best of photography through exhibitions featuring collections or artists, and presenting the diversity of artists and works.
For this 19th edition, Paris Photo will focus on three themes: the collection, photography after the crisis and report that the importance of books in photography.
The Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris