To celebrate the Palace‘s 45th anniversary, Studio Idan and Arnaud Baumann are offering a timeless exhibition and taking you on an exhilarating journey through its history to discover iconic works that are as aesthetic as they are rich in meaning.
45 years ago, when I was making my debut as a photographer, I had the opportunity and the privilege of immortalizing the exceptional nights at the Palace. Unforgettable moments of enjoyment, freedom and carelessness for all those who participated.
The current gloomy atmosphere made me want to look into my archives for these vintage photographs on Kodachrome film, to share with you a bit of the parties of yesteryear!
April 1978, the Palace opened its doors. Like the famous Studio 54 in New York, this must-see Parisian nightclub left its mark well beyond its walls and remains, even today, the symbol of enjoyment, freedom and carelessness.
Its evenings, without compromise, brought together, alongside French and international stars from the world of music, fashion or cinema, people who came to party without taboos and without limits. A melting pot punctuated by the sounds of pleasure, drunkenness and disinhibition making this place one of the pillars of the emergence of gay culture.
Markers of an era and of a carefree vision of life, extravagance and the freedom of the Palace parties will never be equaled.
The portraitist Arnaud Baumann made his debut there. For five years, he roamed amid explosions of life and pleasure to offer us a unique vision: documentary and visual photography whose long exposures make the colored lasers twirl and transport us to the heart of the party.
His images, authentic and uninhibited, arouse in us the desire to reconnect with the lightness of the time, to be able to be free.
Arnaud Baumann : Le Palace : Jouissance | Liberté | Insouciance
April 25 – May 17, 2023
43 rue Beaubourg
75003 – Paris