Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Foujita, Le Phô… the Cité internationale has always been a place of creative experimentation for creative spirits. It has a diversity of unique styles in many artistic domains: architecture, design, painting etc. Following on from this artistic tradition, it now encourages creation and art on campus.
The Cneai= (Centre national édition art image) is a contemporary art centre housed at the Cité internationale since 2021. A place for research, production and dissemination of art, the centre creates collaborative artistic programmes with the houses, residents, services and associations of the campus. Come and discover the in and out of the walls programming and participate in a range of activities: exhibitions, events, collections and cultural and educational actions.
Since 2017, the Cité internationale has been organising the ” Jardins du Monde en mouvement ” competition and festival, with the sponsorship support of the Caisse des Dépôts. This competition is aimed at young talents: architects, urban planners or landscape architects, graduates or enrolled in an institution providing one of these courses and with a maximum of ten years’ experience.
The programming of the Théâtre de la Cité internationale gives an important place to young creation. The Prémisses production office, which is attached to the theatre, supports emerging artistic teams; meetings and debates compare the invention of artistic forms with the perception of the transformations of the world…
Born at the Cité internationale, the Choir has been bringing together campus residents and non-residents, students and working people, beginners and more experienced musicians for several decades, in a spirit of openness, benevolence towards others and love of music.
Contemporary creation was celebrated on campus, with no less than 10,000 visitors, on the occasion of Nuit blanche. For the first time, the Cité internationale was one of the key venues for the programme. Ten works were exhibited in the park and the Maison internationale, including Viki, a gigantic luminous balloon, and Saule et les hooppies, an educational family ride. The Shana Moulton Tank, a pastel-coloured mechanised and sound work, welcomed performers and dancers in the park.
Thanks to this scholarship programme, the Cité internationale, its historical sponsor the Ardian Foundation and the Gondishapour association, created by alumni of the Cité internationale, are affirming their common desire to invest in the talents of tomorrow by encouraging the hosting of international artists on campus and by offering them conditions conducive to artistic creation.
In order to allow residents to realise their artistic, cultural, citizen or even sportive projects, the Cité internationale puts out a call twice a year for projects to support resident initiatives. It allows selected projects to benefit from financial aid from the Residents’ Initiative Fund. The projects can be on various themes such as peace, sport, digitalisation, culture, citizenship, the environment and solidarity. They must involve several houses on campus and encourage residents to meet and have exchanges.
Thanks to its 43 houses, the Cité internationale offers rich cultural and artistic programmes as well as debates about the big issues facing the modern world: concerts, screenings, conferences, exhibitions, performances… Discover them in our Citéscope cultural agenda.