The exhibition juxtaposes different viewpoints. It brings together a collection of works and documents produced by artists, journalists and amateurs, but also those who work in situ: engineers, architects, contractors and – what is rarer – labourers, through votive offerings or masterpieces produced by the Compagnons charpentiers des Devoirs du Tour de France. The exhibition ends with the statements of three contemporary architect-engineers: Patrick Bouchain, Marc Mimram and Martin Rauch, for whom the building site is ever increasingly the space where architecture meets complexity, inventiveness and the aspirations of the modern-day world.
As the result of close collaboration between specialists of art and specialists of techniques, this exhibition offers a diverse interpretation of the theme: it casts a light on the technical dimension, as well as the social, political and artistic dimensions. The path begins with what you would expect to find on a site: construction processes, machines, and men at work. It then highlights the political and social issues about the place that is being built. Even though the site is a highly technical area, it is also a theatre for those in charge, who like to show themselves there, and for the labourers, who are sometimes viewed as oppressed masses, sometimes viewed as heroes.
Upper gallery of temporary exhibitions
1 place du Trocadéro and 11 November
Open every day except Tuesday
from 11am to 7pm
Nocturne on Thursdays until 9pm
Full price: 9€
Reduced rate: 6€
Professor, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Director of Cultural Development, Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine
Bouygues Bâtiment Île-de-France is the main sponsor of the exhibition.
It benefits from Saint-Gobain's sponsorship, the support of Autodesk and the Club entreprises de la Cité