31.3.14

Carreau du Temple


“Carreau du Temple” was one of the covered market places in Paris, constructed in 1863, typical for those days in brick, steel and glass, then replacing a wooden structure. I wrote about the place in a post some five years ago and then took these pictures.


The market which specialised in clothes and textiles was originally three times bigger. It lost in importance and after some abandoned plans to have it replaced by a parking space, it was a few years ago decided to transform the place to a centre for basically cultural and sport activities. The transformation is now more or less completed, a first part opened to public in February, used for exhibitions, fashion shows and similar events. The other part, including an auditorium will open late April.



Last weekend I visited the art exhibition “Drawing Now”. A large number of international galleries and artists exposed. A lot to see…


My attention was especially drawn to “Ben”, easily recognised for a famous wall painting in Paris, rue de Belleville (see previous post) and by the Belgian cartoonist, Philippe Geluck.


Part of the exhibition was to be found on a lower level, newly created...  


… and a further part in another space, “Espace Commines”, previously an 19th century industrial locale.


I ran into Mme Anne Hidalgo, who the following day (yesterday) was elected the new mayor of Paris.



I will revert to more views from the area around the “Temple”, full of history (see previous posts), now becoming more and more attractive. 

8 comments:

Olivier said...

une tres belle halle

Alain said...

104, Halle Freysinnet, Carreau du temple... petit à petit Paris recycle tous ses anciens édifices industriels ou commerciaux en espaces culturels. Quel sera le prochain ? La poste de la rue du Louvre ?

Liselle said...

Peter i have just discovered your site and am enjoying it very much. How disciplined you are with your posts! I am half way through a 5 week stay in Paris and your posts have given me even MORE places to explore. Thankyou.

MadAboutParis said...

Bravo Peter...
I purposely visited this market in 2002 expecting to find interesting vintage clothes/accessories.
As you know that was NOT the case...(Oui, I hear your transatlantic chuckle).
Thanks to your post, it will be included during my next visit!
Bienvenue Printemps
xx,
M

Studio at the Farm said...

What a fabulous cultural center! I am happy to see that Paris appreciates its old buildings, and restores them so beautifully.
Thank you, Peter, for another great post!
Kathryn

Alexandra Berge said...

I lived in Paris during 25 years, I regularly visited exhibitions and I didn't know this place. I discovered your blog a few days ago and it's very interesting. Also I can train read in English. :)

rosienanjirowe said...

I'll have to come back for this one.....interesting! Thank you peter..

claude said...

Encore heureux que le Carreau du Temple n'ai pas subi le même sort que les anciennes halles de Paris.