See also: Arsenal (homonymy)
The Arsenal is a whole of theaters located at Metz, in the French Département of the the Moselle. One presents to it spectacles, concerts traditional or more current.
Military arsenalThe Arsenal Militaire of Metz is built under the orders of Napoleon III, between 1860 and 1864.
TheaterToday, more than 250.000 people benefit each year from spaces from cordial exposures, big rooms of spectacles to exceptional acoustics, animated by more than 200 demonstrations. Installation, in this remarkable enclosure, of a vast concert hall, is decided in May 1978 by Jean-Marie Rausch, mayor of Metz, on the site of the Citadelle. A contest is thus launched in November 1983 for the realization of this room on the building Militaire Ney. The project of Ricardo Bofill is selected in December 1985. This one skilfully used computer tools of point to arrange remarkably the few 10.000 m ² building in order to enable them to accommodate more than one hundred of cultural events per annum.
Construction will last of 1986 with 1989, after archaeological excavations, because the site is very old. The Arsenal will be inaugurated the February 26th 1989 with a great concert gathering all the violoncellists of Concervatoire of Metz whose godfather, Mstislav Rostropovitch will declare: “This house has fantastic acoustics, ideal proportions for the music and an atmosphere which I find exceptional. By its proportions and its discretion, it is related to all the musics. ”
Several rooms there are found:
- the Big room, of 1354 places, whose Acoustique is recognized like exceptional
- the Room of the Esplanade, of 352 places
- the Room of the Governor, who is used as reception room
- a Gallery of exposures for the contemporary art with important monographic exposures: Bernar Venet, Jean Pierre Raynaud, Pejman, Ben, Patrick Moya, Villeglé…
- the vault of Templiers, vestige of a Commanderie of the Order of the Temple, dating from the 12th century
- the Abbey of Roman origin Saint-Pierre-with-Nonnains the, dating from the 4th century.
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