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In situ creations, plastic installations, performances, concerts and DJ sets.

From Friday 3 to Sunday 5 February 2023

L’Envers du Décor is back for its 6th edition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée! For a weekend, the artists take over the monument, play with its scales, dialogue with its history. The contemporary creations question memory, colonial history, migration and the emblematic Art Deco architecture of the place. From one room to another, the works that address these themes offer a real visual, sound and olfactory experience.

This edition first presents a work commissioned from Gaëlle Bourges, Abigail Fowler and Stéphane Monteiro (Association Os). Installation-performance created for the Forum, La salle des fêtes is thought of as a response to the monumental fresco by Pierre Henri Ducos de la Haille and his allegories of the five continents. Western classical music composed in Africa is also honored with an anthology of works often performed for the first time in France. With her fresco made in situ, in chocolate on the wall, Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza embellishes the North Staircase with a regressive scent while questioning the history of an industry intimately linked to colonization. The colonial question is also the theme of the monumental window stickers of the Chevalme Sisters, while Maëva Longvert, with En vol, talks to us about deterritorialization, migrations and border crossings.

The concerts of L’Envers du décor are also surprising with the strange cinematographic and musical journey of the pianist Chassol, the volcanic energy of the Franco-Japanese artist Maïa Barouh or Gystère who takes us on a musical and visual Afro- futuristic. Finally, the public is invited to dance with two DJ sets: DJ Joakim, a key figure on the French electronic scene, as well as David Votre Chazam and his Grand Choréoké mixing vinyl and dance videos from around the world.

Charles Vairet

Head of the cultural programming department


Built by Albert Laprade for the International Colonial Exhibition of 1931, the Palais de la Porte Dorée is located in the east of Paris, and constitutes an exceptional Art Deco ensemble, classified as a historical monument. Official palace, laden with symbols, its layout benefited from the participation of the great artists and craftsmen of the time: the sculptor Alfred Janniot, the painters Pierre-Henri Ducos de la Haille, Ivanna and André-Hubert Lemaître and Louis Bouquet, the interior designers Eugène Printz and Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, ironworkers Gilbert Poillerat and Raymond Subes. It now houses the National Museum of Immigration History and the Tropical Aquarium.


Friday, February 3: from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday February 4: 10 a.m. to midnight

Sunday February 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free and open access: installations, performances and DJ sets

By reservation and paying: concerts

Prices: 12/9€

During this weekend (Saturday and Sunday), the Museum and the Aquarium are free upon reservation and at their usual opening hours


293, avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris Metro 8 Tramway 3a – Bus 46 – Porte Dorée People with reduced mobility can access the Palais at 293, avenue Daumesnil (administrative entrance)


293, avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris


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