Open to all, la Galerie du 19M champions the fashion and decoration Métiers d’art, becoming the new quintessential cultural venue in Paris.
The project centres on creation, innovation, and transmission.
As a multidisciplinary space with a cultural mission, la Galerie du 19M focuses on the values of artistic craftsmanship and welcomes people from all horizons. Located on the building’s ground floor, it has a separate dedicated entrance. The Galerie reflects le19M’s general policy of safeguarding and promoting exceptional, one-of-a-kind savoir-faire. The excellence and creativity of the fashion and decoration Métiers d’art is showcased in a multifaceted line-up of arts events: exhibitions, workshops, talks, and more.
From the outset, a special focus was placed on le19M’s location: on the border between the 19th arrondissement of Paris and Aubervilliers, in the north of Greater Paris. A community of committed players who are aware of the changes in today’s world has formed around la Galerie du 19M – first entrusted with the design of the space, and now involved in developing its seasonal cultural programme.
The project centres not only on creation and innovation, but also on transmission. la Galerie du 19M seeks to reach beyond borders and to welcome all visitors into a convivial space that is conducive to dialogue: craft enthusiasts, scholars and students, professionals, families, young apprentices, and neighbourhood organizations, across all generations.
A platform for exhibitions, gatherings, discoveries, and the sharing of practices, la Galerie du 19M is a multifaceted space. Designed by Studio GGSV, its interior architecture is ideally suited to its polymorphous nature: amphitheatre, stage, showroom, store, workshops – the space is incredibly versatile. To host a multitude of events, it is divided into three areas: a space overlooking Place Skanderbeg, which includes an agora, a store developed with the nonprofit La Réserve des arts, and the 7L bookshop; on the mezzanine level, a studio for recordings, presentations, and showrooms; and at the back, a sweeping 550 m2 open space with a ceiling height of 7.5 metres for large-scale exhibitions, talks, and practical workshops.
Its hybrid infrastructure is fully modular and can be tailored to any requirements. The lighting system can be retracted, and the seats and tables can be arranged together or spread out across the entire space.
In keeping with the project’s overall mission, the interior design includes the manual savoir-faire of craftspeople and artistic artisans, as well as the expertise of local players, in a virtuous practice of mentoring and upcycling.
A unique venue in France, la Galerie du 19M reflects the ever-increasing interest of young generations and the general public in the handicraft professions. Their innovative and enduring nature resonates with the values of our time and with a social project in the service of the common good.