Emersions: Living Archive

Part 1 – The Cité and Europe

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Corridor - Cité internationale des arts
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This exhibition is labelled French Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2022.

Emersion :
(From Latin emergere)

Reappearance of a star that was eclipsed or obscured. 
The state of a body that emerges from a fluid, from a medium.

Dictionary Le Petit Robert, 2021



Inhabited by a particular and unique living memory, the Cité internationale des arts has welcomed, since its creation in 1965, international and French artists of all disciplines, generations and nationalities. 

Born of a desire to extend hospitality to artists from all horizons in the heart of the French capital, the Cité internationale des arts has, from the outset, established bilateral links in cultural exchanges and has thus become, over the years, a space of international openness in the artistic milieu. In this way, more than 30,000 artists build a history of creation that is often obscured but transmitted around the world by word of mouth and through an exceptional network of partners.

Emersions: Living Archive is a long-term project that presents, for the first time, the atypical story of this foundation, which has no equivalent in the world, through the reawakening of its archive, both past and contemporary.
The "once upon a time" that could be used to tell the story behind the reinforced concrete frames of the Cité's historic building is transformed into an emerging body whose eclipse is coming to an end: it is the emergence of the Cité internationale des arts' living archive.

From writings to testimonies and photographs, as well as documentary videos from the foundation's archives, the Cité internationale des arts shares its history in the format of an exhibition, a history that echoes the world's current events. 

For this first part, Emersions: Living Archive focuses on the links founded between the Cité and Europe

Practical Information

From November 24th, 2021 to June 30th, 2022
Every day, from 2 
to 7pm


In accordance with government regulations, access to the exhibition requires the presentation of a health pass for all persons aged 18 and over. The wearing of a mask is mandatory for 11 years old and up.

When you arrive, please present your QR code in paper or digital format from the TousAntiCovid application.


The European health pass is obtained with proof of :

- of vaccination (complete vaccination schedule)
- a negative RT-PCR or antigenic test less than 72 hours old
- a positive RT-PCR test, at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old, attesting to the recovery of Covid 


See all the information on the health pass on the government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire
If you come from a country outside the European Union and do not have a European health pass, you can present a negative RT-PCR or antigenic test result less than 72 hours old.