The Beaux-Arts de Paris are opening the doors of their listed buildings, which are usually closed to the public.
The Beaux-Arts de Paris, heir to the Royal Academies of Painting and Sculpture, is a centre for artistic training and experimentation, an exhibition and conservation centre for historical and contemporary collections, and a publishing house. Set in an exceptional site covering more than two hectares in the heart of Paris, just a stone's throw from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the institution boasts a condensed architectural heritage, from the seventeenth-century Augustin Chapel to the twentieth-century building designed by Auguste Perret.
In the convent's former cloister, Alexandre Lenoir planted a Chinese mulberry tree, which gave its name to this shady courtyard. Duban rebuilt the cloister in 1836, transforming it into an ancient atrium lined with arcades and adorned with a fountain. Under the Second Empire, he completed the decor with paintings in the Pompeian style and casts of the Parthenon friezes, which run halfway up three sides. A central fountain, marble statues of antiques under the arcades, Italian-inspired frescoes, mouldings of the Panathenaeus friezes, a joisted ceiling and a mosaic floor all contribute to the rich polychromy of this bucolic setting. The Cour du mûrier has benefited from a major renovation (2015-2018), which has restored it to its former glory.
The main courtyard, the Chapelle des Petits-Augustins, the main amphitheatre, the Palais des études and its glass courtyard will also be open to visitors.
Free admission :
Saturday 16 September 10:30 - 18:00
Sunday 17 September 10:30 - 18:00
Guided tours (duration: 1h):
Free admission, tours start in front of the Ange column in Cour Bonaparte
Saturday September 16 - 10:30 / 13:00 / 14:30 / 16:00
Sunday September 17 - 10:30 / 13:00 / 14:30 / 16:00
Performance reading by Emmanuel van der Elst (student) in the Cour du mûrier
Saturday, September 16th 3:30 pm
Sunday September 17 2pm
Lecture-performance DAYLIGHTS by Gwenvael Mottas (graduate) in the amphi des Loges
An eminent specialist will declare his passionate love for the James Bond film, The Living Daylights (J.Glen, 1987) through an investigation and reveal one of its most precious and confidential secrets. From Dresden to Bratislava, a patchwork of disturbing personal clues unfolds in this intimate tale.
25 minutes, film extracts and personal archives. Directed by Charlotte Van Kemmel.
Sunday, September 17, 4pm
Drawing hubs with Malaquais students:
Students from the Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture, also located on the site, will be offering the public the chance to draw with them. Visitors of all ages can stop for 5 minutes or ½ hour to practice and learn architectural drawing from the future architects.
Saturday, September 16 14:00 - 17:00
Sunday September 17 14:00 - 17:00
Introductory lecture on the collections of the Beaux-Arts de Paris: focus on women artists
Free admission subject to availability
Saturday 16 September 12:00 - 12:30
Sunday 17 September 12:00 - 12:30