CentQuatre Culture Center in Paris

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CentQuatre Cultural Center opened its doors to artists and art lovers in October 2008. The building, included in the 1997 year in the list of Parisian monuments of history and culture, was originally built for purposes very far from entertainment.

From the House of Sorrow to the Palace of Arts

In 1870, the Archbishop of Paris, who was in charge of funeral services, ordered the development of a complex of premises for a funeral agency to be developed by architects E. D. de Bay and Godon. A vast territory of 26 thousand mXNUMX was allocated for it2 near the railway line leading to the Gare de l'Est station in the 19th arrondissement of the capital.

The project of the building was conceived by the authors in the industrial modern style that was fashionable at the end of the 19th century, using the latest materials and structures for that time. The main volume of the ritual center with large windows was built on the basis of a brick metal frame. The construction, which continued in 1872-1874, was directly controlled by the chief architect of Paris, V. Baltar.


Behind the facade 250 m long along rue de Curial street, there are two ritual halls, workshops, stables and other office rooms. For 120 years, it was one of the largest funeral homes in the city. In some years, his stables contained up to 300 horses, worked up to 1 400 employees, and organized up to 160 funeral processions per year. In addition to workshops for the production of monuments, wreaths and tapestries, there were up to 12 shops selling mourning goods in it.

In 1993, the state monopoly on funeral services was abolished in France. This adversely affected the work of the funeral home and eventually led to its closure in 1998. At the beginning of the 21st century the architectural monument was included in the grandiose reconstruction project of the historic center of Paris with its subsequent use as a cultural and exhibition center.

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In 2003, the Paris City Hall allocated 110 million euros to the architectural bureau Atelier Noembre for the development of the project and the restoration of the building. After the completion of all works, the area of ​​the art center amounted to 39,6 thousand m2 of which 25 thousand m2 designed to organize temporary art exhibitions. Within its walls, 200 studios were created for the work of artists and sculptors, and two auditoriums for 200 and 400 seats were opened.


The reborn Cent Quatre specializes in popularizing contemporary fine arts and fostering the creative development of young artists. It provides its premises for choreographic studios and various audiovisual events in the cultural life of the city. On the stages of its halls theatrical performances are staged, shows, concerts and new movie shows are shown. The art center's dance floor is used for parties during which modern electronic music sounds.

Every year in June, Cent Quatre hosts participants and spectators of the Ircam international festival. Three summer weeks are completely devoted to the latest trends in virtual art, digital technology, theater and dance innovations, uniting composers, engineers, directors, actors and dancers.

In children's studios, children under the age of 10 years can engage in painting, design, dance, or try their strength with their parents in creating architectural models. The decoration of the Center’s Orphanage was designed by designers with particular care, taking into account all the features of children's perception.


Cent Quatre also works as a business incubator in training employees of social institutions engaged in supporting people in disadvantaged areas of the capital. In his spacious building there was a place for a cafe, restaurant and a huge bookstore with literature on art.

Getting there

Address: 5 Rue Curial, Paris 75019
Phone: + 33 1 53 35 50 00
Website: www.104.fr
Metro: Riquet
RER Train: Rosa Parks
Bus: Crimée, Curial
Hours: 12: 00-19: 00

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