Vernissage Tuesday February 12th at 3:00 pm
Grand Palais is an iconic heritage venue of Paris, located on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in the 8th arrondissement. The elegant Pont Alexandre III connects it with the Esplanade des Invalides (Archery venue) on the left bank of the River Seine.
The Grand Palais was designed by a group of architects on the occasion of the Exposition Universelle (World Fair) of 1900, which coincided with the Olympic Games held in the same year in Paris. Built in the Beaux-Arts style and using the most advanced techniques of its time, the venue required 6,000 tons of steel to support its nave, exceeding the amount used to build the Eiffel Tower. The nave and the Grand Palais as a whole have been classified as historic monuments in 1975 and 2000, respectively. The venue has undergone extensive renovations over the years to modernise its infrastructure and maintain its architectural splendour, most recently in 2012.
Grand Palais will host the Fencing and Taekwondo competitions for the Olympic Games and the Wheelchair Fencing competitions for the Paralympic Games.
. The Grand Palais was built in 3 years, from 1897 to 1900.
. Workforce on the construction site in 1900 at its peak: 1,500.
. The flag flown over the building measures 4 x 6 m
. Facade perimeter: 1 km.
. Total metal weight for the entire Grand Palais: 8,500 metric tons.
Artists participating with Mexican Delegation are:
Lucy Cruz www.lucycruz.com
Hugo Aguilar www.hugoaguilararte.com
Edgar Zamora www.edgarzamora.com
Alejandra Calderoni www.alecalderoni.mx
Paco Racru Art
Yuri Zatarain www.yurizatarain.com
Dora Luz Sarmiento
Carlos Cesar Diaz Castro
Carlos Bazan Ramos www.carlosbazan.com.mx
Alan Altamirano www.alanaltamirano.com.mx