The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours

Toute l'histoire de la peinture en moins de deux heures Théâtre le 13eme Art
Le 13ème Art Theatre

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100% in French


Le 13ème Art Theatre
Place d'Italie, Centre Commercial Italie Deux 75013 Paris
Capacity 900 seats


Less than 2 hours

No intermission


Stand-up Comedy

For all audiences

In French

Highlights: The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours

Want to wow your artsy friends at a dinner party? Now you can! Hurry to the Théâtre le 13e Art to catch The Whole History of Painting in less than two hours, a masterful show filled with music and wondrous projections, created and led by renowned art critic Hector Obalk. This stand-up takes its audience on a picturesque stroll through the last seven centuries of Western art. With Hector Obalk as your guide, marvel as the works and lives of artists both famous and lesser-known pass before your very eyes. Knowledgeable art-lovers and inexperienced appreciators alike, this one’s for you!

Story: The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours

Hector Obalk presents an original stand up on the stage of the Théâtre Le 13e Art that takes you on a journey through art and time, learning all about The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours. With details of the paintings on a big screen, beautiful accompanying music and an incomparable guide in the form of Hector Obalk – your host and revered art critic – this show is a must-watch. Three viewings are available that give rise to three completely different shows, each completely independent of the other two.





Monday January 30th, Tuesday January 31st, and Monday February 6th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

This tour immerses you in the paintings of Leonardo, Caravaggio and Chardin... A unique opportunity to discover also the Italian primitives, Giotto (The Dormition of the Virgin), Fra Angelico (The Dormition of St François), Van Eyck (Madonna of Chancellor Rolin), Michelangelo (The Brazen Serpent), Correggio (Leda and the Swan), Bronzino (Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time), Caravaggio (Amor Vincit Omnia), Ruisdael (Dutch Landscapes), Vermeer (Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid), Watteau (Voulez-vous triompher des belles), Cézanne (The Avenue at Jas de Bouffan)... Discover more!


Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at 2:15 p.m., Saturday, April 8th, 2023 at 3 p.m. and Monday, May 22nd, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Hector Obalk invites you on a journey dedicated to Raphael, Velázquez and Ingres, as well as the masterpieces painted by Giotto (Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds), Van Eyck (The Arnolfini Portrait), Pontorno (The Deposition from the Cross), Caravaggio (The Entombment of Christ), Velasquez (Democritus), Ingres (The Great Odalisque), Monet (Lilacs in the Sun)... Discover more!


Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Hector Obalk's lecture-show is devoted to modern and contemporary art, with reference to a wall of 1000 paintings that covers the major modernist movements: impressionism and post-impressionism, cubism and constructivism, fauvism and expressionism, surrealism and pop art, geometric and lyrical abstraction…
Hector Obalk will also walk you through the stunning realistic works of anti-modern artists, including Balthus, Schad, Hopper, and plenty more. Don’t miss this fantastic display of some of the most breathtaking art that history has to offer!


A little bird told us that you will find less than two hours spent with this art specialist seems to go by in a blink of an eye!


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Le 13ème Art Theatre

Place d'Italie, Centre Commercial Italie Deux 75013 Paris

History and Fun Facts about Le 13ème Art theatre

Opened in 2017 by a French-Canadian theatrical group, this contemporary venue was once home to a movie theater featuring one of the biggest screens in the country. After the cinema closed down, the venue remained empty for over a decade before undertaking a complete renovation by the same architects responsible for the Bercy Accor Arena and the Institut du Monde Arabe. Featuring an architectural motif of mirrors, light enters this venue from all angles, despite its location underneath a bustling shopping center. The venue was saved from becoming similar another store or fitness center with the simple notion that "Paris can never have too many theaters."


One of the founders of Le 13ème Art theatre stated at the inauguration ceremony that “Theatre means sitting in the darkness to hear the light” and this modern venue reflects precisely this notion. The Le 13ème Art theatre is one of the most contemporary Parisian venues, and its location by the busy shopping center off the beaten tourist tracks means you get to see a local side of Paris. Another fast fact? It’s right by the Parisian Chinatown, so enjoy some culinary treasures from around the world before or after the show!


Featuring both a large amphitheater with 900 seats and a smaller theater 150 seats, the entire venue can be privatized and adapted to accommodate specific needs. The show programme featured an eclectic and international mix, embodying the notion that no artistic barriers and imaginative boundaries are to exist in this new Parisian cultural center.


Fast facts
Capacity: 900
Handicap Accessible: Yes, the theatre is equipped with a lift. Please let us know at when you make your booking so that the theatre can welcome you in the best possible conditions.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: Yes (paid service)


How do I get to the theatre Le 13ème Art?

The Le 13ème Art Theatre is accessible by:
Metro lines: You can take lines 5, 6, and 7 to Place D'Italie.
This theatre is unique in that it is located directly underneath the Italie 2 shopping center. Head towards the main entrance and follow the signs to the théâtre Le 13ème Art.

Our customer service can be reached in case of difficulty from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please consult the map above.

What do I do when I get to the theatre Le 13ème Art?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of the The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours and present your voucher at the front desk. Le 13ème Art's staff members will guide you to your seats.

Is the show accessible to English speakers?

The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours is a lecture-show with many visuals and music. Feel free to come if you’re interested in painting, but we must warn you that the show is in French and is not surtitled in English.

Does Le 13ème Art have a specific dress code?

Attire in these family friendly shows tends to be casual, so feel free to dress in comfortable clothing, though we recommend avoiding caps and flip-flops. It is common for Parisians to arrive directly from work, dressed in smart-casual attire.

Can I take photos during The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours?

It is completely possible to take videos and photos during The Whole History of Painting in Less Than Two Hours. This will allow you to better remember the details and the comments made on the works presented.

Is tipping customary?

If you feel like rewarding a very welcoming host, please note that a small tip of between €2 and €5 is customary, which you can give them when they've shown you to your seat.
Fun fact: the French word for "tip" is "pourboire," which literally translates to "to have a drink."