The Ministry of Culture is restoring and modernizing the Quadrilateral Archives following the relocation of part of the holdings and staff of the National Archives to Pierrefitte-sur-Seine. The spaces left vacant by 2024 will house the Centre d'études picassiennes of the Picasso Museum in Paris, as well as part of the services of the central administration of the Ministry of Culture (Camus project).

Led by the Heritage and Cultural Real Estate Project Operator (OPPIC), a construction campaign was launched in 2019 to bring to standard this exceptional heritage island located in the heart of the Marais and protected as a historic monument. The interior layout of the freed spaces is entrusted to the agency Atelier November.

Wishing to establish a dialogue between contemporary creation and heritage, the Ministry of Culture has committed for this new site:

  • An order for 1% artistic to accompany the walk within the site.

The visual artist Evariste Richer (born in Montpellier in 1969), with his project "The Metameters" was chosen as the winner of the call for applications. Between discretion, elegance and timelessness, the sculptured work will be inscribed in the history of the place, referring to the standard meter, given in 1796 to Armand-Gaston Camus, and preserved in the iron cabinet of the National Archives. Three Metameters - in gradations of polychrome marbles graduated from 0 to 100 centimetres - whose expansion will be indexed on the height of the buildings will take place in front to scan the traffic within the site. This work, thought like a thread of Ariane, will allow a new experience of the gaze and spaces.

  • A call for projects Camus x Mobilier national to design the seat of the new reception of the ministry at 56 rue des Francs-Bourgeois.

It is the designer Arnaud Lapierre (born in Fontainebleau in 1979), who was selected with Log, furniture at the crossroads between the seat and the carpet. An “accident” in the unfolding of the carpet will provide a sitting height relief to be able to land there. The object will delimit the entrance space and provide a large waiting and exchange area. The graphic design of the seat will be inspired by Antoine Coypel’s «Triomphe sur l'amour par les dieux», a landmark work presented in the Decors de la Chancellerie d'Orléans at the Hôtel de Rohan.

The prototyping of the work will be carried out by the artisans of the Atelier de Recherche et de Création (ARC) of the Mobilier national, in close association with the designer.

These two original works will be installed at the end of 2023 and will join the State’s collections, respectively with the National Centre of Plastic Arts (CNAP) and Mobilier National.