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Tokyo Palace

The Palais de Tokyo is a vast artistic space, offering nearly 22,000 square meters of exhibitions, performances and artistic installations.

This prestigious establishment embodies the artistic avant-garde, offering visitors a unique immersion in the world of contemporary creation.

A surprising innovative space

Fans of avant-garde exhibitions, we fell under the spell!

As for the history of the Palais de Tokyo, it dates back to the 1930s, when the 1937 International Exhibition was being prepared in Paris. At the time, two twin buildings were erected to house theNational Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. One of the buildings was the Palais de Tokyo, named after the avenue that ran alongside it.

However, in the years that followed, the Palais de Tokyo building was not used to its full artistic potential. It has undergone various reconversions and served as a location for various institutions. It was not until 2002 that the building was completely renovated and refurbished to become what it is today: a contemporary art center.

Since its reopening in 2002, the Palais de Tokyo has quickly established itself as a reference place in the field of contemporary art in Paris. His innovative approach, which emphasizes experimentation and creativity, has made it possible to rethink the role and function of artistic institutions for our greatest happiness!

Under the direction of many influential figures, the Palais de Tokyo has attracted emerging and established artists, both French and international. Hisdaring exhibitionsand its special arts events have helped expose new talents and promote innovative art forms.

Over the years, the Palais de Tokyo has also strengthened its collaboration with other artistic and cultural institutions, in France and abroad, to encourage artistic exchanges and enrich its program.

The Palais de Tokyo is distinguished by its minimalist and refined architectural approach. Interior spaces are large and open, with high ceilings, white walls and clean lines. This simplicity highlights the contemporary works of art on display and allows visitors to fully concentrate on the creations presented.

This place is also characterized by its large bay windows, which flood the spaces with abundant natural light. This creates a bright and airy atmosphere, providing visitors with a pleasant visual experience and showcasing the art installations.

A notable architectural feature of the Palais de Tokyo is the way in which it fits harmoniously into its environment. The building is surrounded by gardens and offersbreathtaking view of the Seine, thus creating a subtle interaction between art, nature and urbanity. We bet that you will not be indifferent to this extraordinary setting to say the least!

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But it seems important to us to know both the successes and the turmoils that make up the history of a place.

The Palais de Tokyo in Paris experienced controversy in 2018 during the exhibition "Adel Abdessemed, L'Antidote". The French-Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed created an installation called “Spring” which depicted live chickens locked in hanging cages. The installation aimed to provoke reflection on the animal condition and the violence inflicted on animals.

However, the installation sparked a strong backlash from animal rights organizations, who called it cruel and unacceptable. Protests took place outside the Palais de Tokyo, calling for the closure of the installation and accusing the museum of supporting animal abuse.

Faced with this controversy, the Palais de Tokyo reacted by taking measures to ensure the well-being of the animals. Veterinarians were mobilized to ensure the chickens were treated appropriately in accordance with animal welfare standards. Information and explanations were also provided to visitors to contextualize the installation and provoke deeper reflection on the relationship between man and animal.

This controversy has raised important questions about the limits of art, the ethics of using live animals in art installations, and the responsibility of cultural institutions toward animal welfare. It has also sparked wider debate about animal rights and public awareness of these issues through art.

Despite the controversy, the Palais de Tokyo maintained the exhibition and used the opportunity to encourage dialogue and critical reflection on complex social and ethical issues. This controversy highlighted art's ability to spark debate, challenge established norms, and inspire viewers to rethink their beliefs and values.

A bold program

The programming at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris is original, eclectic and always in motion, offering a platform for dynamic artistic expression for contemporary artists from around the world.

He is renowned for his desire to push the boundaries of contemporary art, to provoke questions and to explore new forms of artistic expression. Its programming consists of exhibitions, performances, collaborative projects, installations and special artistic events, creating an immersive and stimulating experience for visitors.

The exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo seduce us through a wide range of emerging and established artists, French and international. They highlight innovative artistic practices, exploring contemporary themes and societal questions. Visitors are invited to discover monumental installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and many other forms of art, creating a dialogue between the artist, the work and the viewer.

In addition to exhibitions, the Palais de Tokyo offers a program rich in artistic performances, meetings with artists,conferences and debates. These events allow visitors to deepen their understanding of contemporary art, explore the concepts and ideas behind the works, and interact with the artists themselves.

The Palais de Tokyo is not only limited to the interior space. It also organizes artistic projects in collaboration with other institutions, both in Paris and internationally. These partnerships create artistic synergies and promote cultural exchanges, thus enriching the programming of the Palais de Tokyo and offering visitors ever-changing artistic experiences.

Finally, this place places great importance on artistic education and engagement with the public. It offers workshops, guided tours, educational talks and special programs for families that we consider to be of good quality and which we highly recommend, allowing a wide range of visitors, from children to adults, to explore and to immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art. An adventure in itself!

The programming of the Palais de Tokyo is a reflection of its mission to promote contemporary artas a living force, constantly evolving and in dialogue with society.

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