Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris is not just a complex of three concert halls. Its main aim is to encourage a new approach to music by surrounding its concerts with a range of dynamic, convivial communication activities, including exhibition visits, introductory circuits and the group practice and culture of music, not to mention access to a wide variety of editorial and digital resources.
The 2,400-seat hall at the heart of this offer has already proved to be one of the most extraordinary in the world in terms of its design, ergonomics and acoustics. The new building designed by Jean Nouvel also holds teaching areas to host group practice for all and no fewer than six state-of-the-art rehearsal rooms to satisfy the needs of professional musicians. Just next door, Cité de la musique designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc notably offers a museum, two concert halls and a media library.
The strength of the project lies in the complementary nature of the four missions of Cité de la musique -Philharmonie de Paris. On its opening year, the Philharmonie received more than 1.2 million visitors, among which 400 000 visiting the exhibitions and 300 000 the museum of music.
Within the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris, the Musée de la musique is a special place where music and fine arts, history and society are all interwoven, not only in the permanent collection but also in the vibrant temporary exhibitions that reflect the mission of this unique institution.
The museum chooses exhibitions showcasing major figures from the worlds of pop, folk and academic music and significant musical cultures from around the world. Its events also explore the ties between music and fine arts, film, etc., and how music fits into a specific societal or political context.