“L’Europe au temps d’Ulysses”, Grand Palais, Paris, France – Caruso e Torricella Architetti

Exhibition “L’Europe au temps d’Ulysse”, Paris, Grand Palais, 1999-2000

Program: a selection of 240 pieces from the Early bronze age (the second half of the 3rd Millennium BC) to the archaic period (the second half of the 6th century BC), coming from Spain to Russia and Denmark to Greece
Client: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Conseil d’Europe
Size: 1,500 sqm
Status: completed 2000

The main concept for the design was to build an archaeological space inside the Grand Palais, displaying the exhibition pieces inside a kind of ruined palace and maximizing the different geometries of the three galleries.
Rather than creating museum rooms, the design centers around the idea of building up “pieces of wall” with varying heights and slopes that go in the opposite direction of the galleries to create a background for the items, which are mostly small in size, while providing continuity throughout the different themes of the exhibition.