Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport: Aéroports de Paris Opens the Espace Musées,
with 50 Original Artworks by Auguste RODIN
PARIS -- January 15, 2013
Aéroports de Paris (Paris:ADP) (Pink Sheets:AEOPF) offers passengers, in Hall
M of Terminal 2E, a free-to-enter museum. This unique experience is offered to
passengers from all over the world through Espace Musées, a new cultural
showcase and a major venue for the promotion of French artistic heritage.
The first Espace Musées exhibition, "Rodin, the Wings of Glory", produced in
partnership with Rodin Museum features 50 original works by the artist
including his masterpieces – le Penseur (The Thinker), le Baiser (The Kiss)
and l'Age d'airain (The Age of Bronze).
"Our ambition is to offer to passengers that pass through Paris-Charles de
Gaulle airport each year an emotionally charged Parisian excursion, so that
the pleasure of their journey starts right at the airport and so that
travellers from all over the world take a final image of the magic of France
away with them," states Augustin de Romanet, Chairman & Chief Executive
Officer of Aéroports de Paris.
The exhibition theme, related to flight, allows to showcase some less
well-known pieces. For the first time, a series of winged figures and one
large wing will be on display, recalling the myth of the conquest of sky and
space, a real challenge for a sculptor.
To create Espace Musées, Aéroports de Paris enlisted the help of the best
specialists: Francis Briest, co-director of the Artcurial auction house, with
whom Aéroports de Paris initiated the project and who manages Espace Musées
endowment fund, Serge Lemoine, former chairman of Musée d'Orsay, who is the
artistic director for all the exhibitions, Nelson Wilmotte of Nelson Wilmotte
Architectes, who devised the Space architecture with assistance from Wilmotte
& Associés agency.
The Espace Musées is accessible to passengers free of charge from the first to
the last flight and will organize two thematic exhibitions each year.
With an exceptional geographic location and a major catchment area, the Group
is pursuing its strategy of adapting and modernizing its terminal facilities
and upgrading quality of services, and also intends to develop its retail and
real estate business. In 2011, the group revenue stood at €2,502 million and
the net income at €348 million.
Aéroports de Paris
Christine d'Argentré, +33 1 43 35 70 70
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