Pre-opening of Hangar Y in Meudon from October 20 to 23


Hangar Y has unveiled a preview of its programming, ahead of its official opening in March 2023.  

The world's first airship hangar, Hangar Y was built in 1879 using part of the structure of the Grande Galerie des Machines from the 1878 Universal Exhibition. Left fallow for 70 years, Hangar Y was reborn as a cultural and events center after months of renovation. It will become a monumental space open to all: families, art, science and nature lovers.  

Art Explora will offer an exhibition there 6 months a year, and will also work on mediation in collaboration with schools and associations. At the crossroads of the arts and sciences, Hangar Y's artistic programming will aim to renew the dialogue between the arts and the public. It will focus on contemporary creation and the new challenges of our century, in keeping with the hangar's century-long history. 

To begin unveiling its cultural offering, Hangar Y invited The Art Explora Foundation to develop a multi-disciplinary, participatory and inclusive program over 4 days.

‍All activities were offered free of charge.

Yoann Bourgeois, photo credit: TLMALP, Salvador Banyo

A look back at the pre-opening program:    

  • A Hangar Y opening party on Thursday, October 20, with DJ sets by KeiyAa, Agoria and Carl Craig.
  • Choreographic performances by artists Yoann Bourgeois and Marie Bourgeois. These performances played between the interior and exterior of the building.
  • The exhibition of 10 young artists
  • The video presentation of a series of workshops in partnership with the Thanks for Nothing association and major artists on the contemporary scene.
  • The inauguration of the permanent work by Korean artist Lee Bul, a monumental tribute to the hangar's aeronautical history, entitled Willing To Be Vulnerable - Metalized Balloon V5 .
  • The "Lumières" exhibition, presented in the MuMo x Centre Pompidou mobile museum, brings together a dozen modern and contemporary works by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Delphine Reist, Raoul Dufy and Ossip Zadkine.
  • Guided tours by mediators, presenting Hangar Y and retracing its history.

Residence Art Explora x Artagon, photo credit: Salvador Banyo
Residence Art Explora x Artagon, photo credit: Salvador Banyo
Residence Art Explora x Artagon, photo credit: Salvador Banyo
Lee Bul, Willing To Be Vulnerable, Metallized Balloon V5, photo credit: Salvador Banyo
MuMo Mobile Museum
MuMo Mobile Museum, photo credit: Salvador Banyo
Guided tours, photo credit: Salvador Banyo