Palais de Tokyo, the new place to be for Modern Art lovers!
With the Museum of Modern Art, the recent reopening of the Palais de Tokyo on April 20th and the soon-to-come re-opening of the Galiera Fashion Museum expected in 2013, the posh 16th district, and especially the Avenue du President Wilson, is progressively turning into a hotspot for fashionistas and modern art buffs.
One of the major events of the cultural scene in 2012 is the massive and ambitious renovation of the Palais de Tokyo, that should raise it to the pinnacle of modern art and make it an unequalled cultural venue in Paris. The opening last week was preceded by a 30 hour-pre-opening that attracted more than 35.000 visitors who were impatient to discover the new design of the place.
The Palais de Tokyo was built between 1934 and 1937, with a massive architecture very similar to that of the neighboring Trocadero. The place was turned into a Modern Art Museum in 2002. For its tenth anniversary, the museum has undergone a major face-lift with the surface dedicated to exhibitions multiplied by 3, going from 8.000 square meters to 22.000. The Museum now displays temporary exhibitions on three floors. On show are pieces of arts from various artists more or less famous. The objective of the place is to be a stepping-stone for new forms of art, be it painting, sculpture, music, dance or live performances. This perpetual sense of innovation often makes the Palais de Tokyo and the artists on display hit the headlines of the cultural magazines.
The Palais de Tokyo is more than a mere museum. It houses a large bookstore with many books that can’t be found anywhere else , as well as a trendy restaurant, the Tokyo Eat, famous for its original restrooms… In 2010, the museum launched for a few months a restaurant on its roof which served gastronomic food and offered a breathtaking view on the nearby Eiffel Tower.
Palais de Tokyo
13, avenue du Président Wilson,
75 116 Paris
+33 1 81 97 35 88
The entrance ticket costs 8€ (free entrance the first Monday of every month from 6pm to 12am)
Open Monday and Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 12am
Closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
The Tokyo Eat restaurant is open on Monday and Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 1am