Paris la Nuit exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

PARIS BY NIGHT  Night chronicles

“Paris by Night” reveals the city, by day as well as its nocturnal works, a phantom history bathed in darkness, untold and yet consisting of emblematic figures, unique architecture and multiple usages.
“Paris by Night” bases itself on the city’s nocturnal state, a dreamlike, surprising, varied liberated and mysterious state.

From the memorable nights at raves, open-air parties, the street light attendants, to the metro maintenance staff from Paris Royal to the amusement parks, the world fairgrounds to the trade shows, from the drugstores, bowling alleys and cinemas to showrooms, Parisian nights have evolved both in their settings as well as in their context. Aristocrats, hobos, playboys, architects, surrealists, futurists, Apaches, blue and white collar workers, party revelers, spray painters and tourists have all given their own unique definition to the night and allowed it to mirror society in its moment.

“Paris by Night” incorporates nighttime walks to discover the metro network during maintenance hours, visits to the Rungis market, discover the Esplanade de la Défense as well as guided nocturnal visits to the exhibition and speeches. The “Nuit Blanche 2013”, will mark the closure of the exhibition with an “interactive nocturnal atlas” which will contain 18,000 photos taken in the preceding year. 5,000 nighttime visits to the Pavillon de l’Arsenal are expected.