A stone’s throw from Place du Trocadéro, the Palais de Tokyo has established itself in 20 years as the largest contemporary art center in Europe.
A place of life in constant effervescence
More than a museum, the Palais de Tokyo is a place of life in constant effervescence. Adjoining the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, the Palais houses in its 22,000 m² setting an ultra-dynamic contemporary artistic center. Exhibitions, performances and residences share this extraordinary space. The largest contemporary art center in Europe Open until midnight, the Palais de Tokyo stands out in the museum landscape of the capital. Made of steel and concrete, its interior often lays bare to visitors, who have just stepped through the threshold of a magnificent Art Deco building. Here, there is no permanent collection, but a string of temporary exhibitions giving pride of place to music, fashion and design. Like the regular “Cartes Blanches” and “Nuits Blanches”, the visit is seen as a unique, informal and free experience.
A site of contemporary creation
Children are not left out with specific activities such as Tok-Tok workshops, or workshops for initiation to contemporary art to follow as a family. Built for the 1937 International Exhibition, the building called “Palais de Tokyo” takes its name from the “Quai de Tokyo” (current New York Avenue). From the outset, it was designed to house two distinct museums: the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris on the one hand, and the National Museum of Modern Art on the other. While the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris has occupied the east wing of the building since that time, the west wing has known several destinies according to the rhythm of its different assignments, all related to the visual arts. It is in this west wing that the current Palais is located, a site of contemporary creation, and to which reference is now made when speaking of the Palais de Tokyo.
Trendy breaks, unusual nights, at the Palais de Tokyo, do not hesitate to take a gourmet break at Bambini, the “cantina” of the museum with Italian accents. This popular neo-canteen, festive and timeless, is both the temple of evenings with friends, family brunches and business lunches, midday and evening. The museum is teeming with other proposals. At the level of the Seine, enjoy the breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower offered by the tables of Monsieur Bleu, the second restaurant on the site. Night owls, meanwhile, will appreciate the alternative evenings at Yoyo, an unusual space dedicated to clubbing in the basement of the Palais .
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