Discover Pantin and the Ropac Gallery

Enjoy a stroll in Pantin, leading to the Ropac Art gallery, to discover this changing area which attracted the international gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac.

  • Location: Pantin
  • Duration: 1h30
  • Access by Public Transport: Pantin train station (RER E)
  • Language: English

Description

During the stroll:

Discover the major elements part of Pantin’s particular landscape. The tour will start along the Canal de l’Ourcq and the Magasins Généraux, abandoned, covered in graffiti and now converted into a communication agency. A detour by the avenue Jean Lolive and Hoche quarter will enable you to discover two important buildings of the city of PantinCiné 104 and the National Dance Center.

Pantin’s urban history has been marked by its independence from Paris, which led to the transformation of the city, from a rural village to an industrial city.

The construction of the Canal de l’Ourcq between 1802 and 1825, the creation of the Paris – Strasbourg railways between 1849 and 1852 and the cemetery layout in 1886 reduced the superficies of the city by isolating the different quarters from each other.

A wave of deindustrialization during the 80’s led to the reconversion of the city using its industrial heritage to attract new activities, such as the transformation of the former Moulins and the Magasins Généraux.

The gallery:

Settled in October 2012 in a former boiler making factory dating from the 19th century, Thaddaeus Ropac gallery exhibits imposing works. Its settlement had an important impact on the city of Pantin, first considered as a “red town” which has now became a city of luxury and avant-gardist culture. Artists such as Jeff Koons, Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer already exposed their works in the gallery.

A seller will present you his/her profession, the exhibition and the Gallery.


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