Located at the western tip of the Ile de Nantes, Hangar 21 is better known to locals as the Hangar à Bananes, the Banana Warehouse. This dates back some 60 years, to the time when the climate-controlled warehouse stored bananas and pineapples from Africa.
As property of the port authority of Nantes Saint-Nazaire, it was entirely renovated in 2007 for the first edition of the Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire biennial. In addition to its bars and restaurants, a space was reserved for exhibitions. In the years that followed, it became home to several exhibitions, both artistic and thematic, along with major events.
With the creation of Le Voyage à Nantes in 2011 – the purpose of which has been to attract visitors to Nantes and its surrounding area using cultural works and acivities – this locale became a permanent space devoted entirely to contemporary art: the HAB Galerie.
Travailler le dimanche, Gilles Barbier
Until 26 september 2021
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On the façade of Le Hangar à bananes, a work by Felice Varini created for the exhibition Suite d’éclats in 2013.
© MARTIN ARGYROGLO