Palais de Tokyo

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About ... the Palais de Tokyo is the living place of today's artists. It is also the largest center of contemporary creation in Europe, and a unique exhibition space.

A palace-like rebellious rubble, an anti-museum in permanent metamorphosis, the Palais de Tokyo has been keeping Paris awake since 2002. At the same time accessible and demanding, generous and sharp, warm and radical, poetic and transgressive, it is a territory of learning, experiences, emotions and life; a territory from which springs the unexpected.

Driven by the desire to change our vision of art, the Palais de Tokyo invites us to become witnesses to the daring of our time and to experience the art of all forms.


History Anchored in the present and looking to the future, the Palais de Tokyo is also rich in an exciting story, which invites to a journey through artistic creation. In 2012, becoming the largest center of contemporary art in Europe after the rehabilitation of all its spaces, the Palais de Tokyo invites you to explore the emergence and meet the creators of our time, even where were exposed some of the greatest artists of the last century.

Built on the occasion of the 1937 International Exhibition, the building called "Tokyo Palace" takes its name from the "Tokio Wharf" (current New York Avenue). It is designed from the start 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. If the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris occupies the East wing of the building since that time, the West wing has experienced several destinies to the rhythm of its various assignments, all related to the visual arts. It is in this west wing that is the current Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary creation, and which is now referred to as the Palais de Tokyo.