Initially built in the early 1800s and used by Offenbach, then destroyed to make way for a panorama built by Charles Garnier (the architect of Paris' opera house), the building as we know it dates from 1894 and currently belongs to François Pinault (he whose son is now married to Selma Hayak). The theatre contains one large auditorium for over 1,000 people and a smaller 311-seater called - quaintly - Popesco, after deceased French actress and previous manager of the theatre, Elvire Popesco.
The theatre is also used occasionally for concerts (recent groups include Goldfrapp and America). Backstage tours of the theatre can be organised for groups of fifteen people or more (contact www.purplebeam.com).
The Grand Palais will be hosting the modern and contemporary art fair better known as “Artparis” this April...
On this occasion, it will showcase the work of a hundred of the most vibrant French and foreign galleries that appear to be particularly representative of the international modern and contemporary art market.
Retaining its modern-contemporary slant, this significant Parisian art event offers a comprehensive overview of modern art from the 1900s onwards while also featuring a wide range of works by major contemporary artists, French or resident in France, and up-and-coming young artists representing the current French art scene.
“Artparis” brings together about a hundred French and foreign galleries from 14 countries under the glass roof of the Grand Palais over a five-day period.
For this edition, artparis will present a thematic exhibition, specifically dedicated to China Contemporary arts.
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