The Salle Gaveau dates from the very beginning of the 20th Century. In a specially built building, this concert hall with over 1,000 seats opened in 1907, specialised in chamber music. The auditorium is in the Italian style, meaning that the stage advances into the audience.
After having survived two World Wars, during which it was used for entertaining the troops, bankruptcy led to the venue being partly sold to an insurance company, and in 1963 the building was nearly transformed into... a car park.
However, two musician saved it from destruction, raising the funds to buy the building in 1976. In 1992 it became a listed building, but was in dire need of restoration. Happily, this was eventually made possible, with the help of an architect who had also helped with the restoration of the Paris opera house.
In 2001 the Salle Gaveau reopened completely renovated and is now a prestigious venue for classical music recitals and select concerts. Two other rooms, in the basement and on the fifth floor, are also available for private functions.
The renowned Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is home, from February 24 until August 20, 2017, to the exhibition “Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!”.
“Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!” is an exhibition that sheds light on twenty-one works of art by the Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel (1921 – 2006).
The works on display, which are actually a donation from the Karel Appel Foundation, include some of the best paintings and sculptures that significantly marked the career of Appel from his CoBrA years until his death in 2006.
On the occasion of this exhibition, attendees will get the chance to view the artist’s famous Carnet d'art psychopathologique as well as many other veritable masterpieces including ceramic sculptures from the 1950s and big installations from the 1970s and 1990s.
The Hotels Paris Champs-Elysées are located at a short walking distance from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.