A French cartoonist, Viravong has space in Centquatre – he isn’t mentioned in the Travel section article, but the accompanying illustrations showed a panel of his work. See "A Brush With The Paris Art Scene: Out-of-the-Way Sites Show Off The Avant-Garde Side of the City," By Blake Gopnik, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday, March 8, 2009; F01.
Gopnik describes the studio space as a "sprawling complex, covering almost half a million square feet, does date to 1873. Until just a decade ago, it housed the city's funeral works, once home to 1,400 hearse grooms, coffinmakers, shroud-sewers and everyone else involved in burying the dead. (In typically French fashion, until very recently the government even had a monopoly on death.) But now the abandoned site has been emptied out to a loft-ish shell of masonry and skylights and poured-concrete floors, which reopened in the fall as a giant container for art and creativity." He also noted, "The Centquatre has a full program of exhibitions, but it still feels less like a place to look at finished art, on the classic model of the Musee d'Orsay, than somewhere to witness art in the making."