Inaugurations, Restorations and Openings: Cultural Sites in Motion
Renovations, new developments and inaugurations... This year, museums, chateaux and abbeys give visitors a whole new reason to (re)discover them.
In Paris and Surroundings
The Philharmonie de Paris
This large complex brings together Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie 1, the new venue housing the “enveloping” concert hall, and Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) created by Christian de Portzamparc. The Philharmonie de Paris —which opened on January 14, 2015 in Villette Park— combines all musical approaches.
A new museum of contemporary art: the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation
Designed by Frank Gehry, the architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Foundation has opened its doors in October 2014, in the Bois de Boulogne. This glass structure of irregular shapes houses the permanent collections from Bernard Arnault (LVMH)’s Museum of Contemporary Art alongside temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
Reopening of the Picasso Museum
After five years of work, Paris Picasso Museum, reopened in the Marais district. The renovated Museum doubled the size of its public and exhibition space. The opening unveiled more than 450 works from the collection spread across the entire building.
A new lease on life for the Eiffel Tower
At 57 metres above the ground, the completely renovated first floor of the famous tower offers new pavilions and a fun, educational museum space. With a glass floor giving visitors the impression of walking on air, this floor is one of the most spectacular places in the capital.
Outside the Capital
Musee des Confluences (Lyon)
The opening of Musee des Confluence in Lyon December 20, 2014, is France’s greatest urban event of the year. The futuristic building sits at the tip of a peninsula on one of the most spectacular sites in France. The confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers is the ideal location for interpreting narrative exhibits that touch on humankind’s many stories accounting for the origins of the universe.
The Cave of Pont d'Arc, a replica of the "Grotte Chauvet" (Ardèche)
The Decorated Cave of Pont d'Arc (Grotte Chauvet), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014, shelters an abundance of exceptionally well-preserved prehistoric paintings. The replica of the Cave will open on April 25, 2015.Both the concept and size of this cultural, scientific, and technological project are unprecedented.
Mont-Saint-Michel: An Island Restored
Over time, high tides and human interference caused silt to build-up around the bay. By 2006, the nearly landlocked Mont-Saint-Michel no longer resembled an island. A project to restore le Mont to the sea was launched in the same year. The 2015 destruction of the causeway marks the end of the construction work and the return of Mont-Saint-Michel to its true island status.
Restored Villa Cavrois
In the north of France, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux continues its huge restoration project on the Villa Cavrois in Croix, near Roubaix. Built between 1929 and 1932 by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens and listed as a historical monument in 1990, this famous modern residence will open to the public in June 2015.
Cite des Civilisations du Vin (Bordeaux)
Wine, a central element of France's cultural heritage and lifestyle, shaped the country's landscapes. As an intrinsic part of countless traditions, wine has been at the root of myths and artistic inspirations, and has strengthened human relationships. The Cité, which will open in March 2016, is both a museum and an amusement park dedicated to pairing tradition with experimentation and discovery.