In 1960, the Minister of Cultural Affairs André Malraux made what in those days was the bold as well as spectacular gesture of commissioning Marc Chagall to paint a new ceiling for the Opéra.
Chagall’s ceiling did, without a doubt, make the Palais Garnier fashionable again.
The work was executed between January and August 1964. Chagall ceiling was inaugurated on 23 September 1964.
The ceiling consists of twelve canvas panels plus a round central panel totalling about two hundred and forty square metres and mounted on a plastic structure. The work is signed “Chagall Marc 1964” on the central and main panels.