In March 2021, the Grand Palais closed its doors to begin an important phase of work.
This will last until the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games for the Nave and the galleries surrounding it, and until spring 2025 for the rest of the monument.
Patrick Tourneboeuf is one of the artists invited to observe behind the scenes of this extraordinary project, alongside the writer Maylis de Kerangal, the photographer Marguerite Bornhauser and the illustrator Nayel Zeaiter.
Patrick Tourneboeuf is a photographer; he lives and works in Paris. Since the 1990s, he has been interested in urban space and the common places associated with it – from architectural manifestations of history to the transformation of heritage and landscapes. In 1991, he co-founded Tendance Floue, a collective of sixteen French photographers awarded internationally for their achievements at the crossroads of social, documentary, cultural and artistic. With meticulousness and regularity, he has been capturing the metamorphosis of the spaces of the Grand Palais for more than a year, documenting the discoveries and progress of the construction site. But his story with the Grand Palais is not new: between 2001 and 2003, he photographed the restoration of the glass roof of the Nave and the consolidation of its foundations.