Le Bal, terrasse du bar restaurant, Paris.

Le Bal

A cultural attraction in Place de Clichy, Le Bal is a photographic exhibition space with an extraordinary history and plenty of surprises in store.

Description

Two streets away from Place de Clichy, at the end of a renovated impasse with gleaming cobblestones and beside a pretty square, you’ll find Le Bal. Its innovative architecture features two black-floored exhibition rooms and massive white columns stretching over 700m².

Created by the association Les Amis de Magnum Photos and its president, the photographer Raymond Depardon, this space exhibits the documentary image in all its forms: photo, video and new media, examining the use of the image in the digital age. But that’s not all: visitors also flock for its specialised photography bookshop and the colourful and convivial Le Bal Café.

The building, opened in 2010, has an unusual history. Where exhibitions of up-and-coming photographers and videographers take place today was, in the 1920s, the scene of diversions of a different kind: Chez Isis was a guinguette-dancehall but also a “hôtel d’amour” for rich clients looking to mix with the riffraff. In memory of this, the attractive cultural space was named Le Bal.

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6 Impasse de la Défense
75018 Paris 18ème

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Prices

  • Adult: from 7 €. Free entry for children < 12 years.

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Spoken languages

  • French
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  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance

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