Palais de Tokyo in Paris

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The Palais de Tokyo is a building dedicated to modern and contemporary art, located at 13 avenue du Président-Wilson, near the Trocadéro, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The eastern wing of the building belongs the City of Paris and hosts the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris). The western wing belongs to the French state and hosts since 2002, the Palais de Tokyo / Site de création contemporaine.

The building is separated from the Seine river by the avenue de New-York, which was formerly named Quai Debilly and later Avenue de Tokio (from 1918 to 1945). The name Palais de Tokyo derives from the name of this street.


The Palais de Tokyo was inaugurated by President Lebrun on May 24, 1937, at the time of the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937. The original name of the building was Palais des Musées d'art moderne ("Palace of the Museums of modern art"). The building has since then hosted a number of establishments, projects, and creative spaces. Among them; le musée d'art et d'essai (1977-1986), FEMIS, le Centre National de la Photographie, and in 1986 the Palais de Cinema. The current museum's exhibit space opened to the public in January 2002.

Le Pavillon

The Pavillon was established in 2001. Intended as a studio and laboratory space for resident artists and curators invited to the project, the Pavillon is an experimental program, designed to demonstrate the resident artists' youthful creativity.
Since the opening of the building, the director of the programme has been artist and filmmaker, Ange Leccia.


The Museum also publishes the magazine Palais, which annually releases three editions (Spring, Fall, and Summer). The Magazine features articles centering around a central artistic theme selected for each edition. The subjects are conceptual, and are explored using photography, various artistic media, essays, and often experimental media. The theme generally coincides with the exhibition concurrently featured at the museum.


, former director of The Swiss Institute - where he curated exhibitions such as Extra, featuring french artist Bruno Peinado-, Twice director of Contemporary Art New York (2000 and 2006 respectively), and cofounder of CAN (Centre d’art Neuchâtel), has directed the Palais de Tokyo since 2006.

Pierre Cornette is the president of the Assosiation of the Palais de Tokyo.


See also

  • List of museums in Paris

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