After some modernising, the building reopened in February 2006
and its vast, white-walled galleries are a great backdrop for the bold 20th century art
and while this incredible city's modern art museum has not generated the same sort of buzz
as the Pompidou Centre, it can provide a more
pleasant museum experience, as it doesn't get as crowded.
Chronologically speaking, this museum takes over where the Musée d'Orsay leaves off and to a large extent, it
owes its place as an incredible museum to the people who were generous enough to donate
their incredible works of art.
This museum borders on the River Seine in the 16th
arrondissement of Paris and has a permanent
collection of paintings and sculptures that are owned by the city, but there are also
temporary exhibitions held as well.
The museum has major collections of works by Georges Rouault, Robert and Sonia Delaunay,
Raoul Dufy, Marcel Gromaire and several monumental paintings, but also houses the largest
painting in the world in a special room, by Raoul Dufy.
Temporary exhibitions form a major part of the museum's activity and its program utilises
monographic exhibitions devoted to great figures of the French and European scene, which
combine the historical and contemporary works of art.
But this is the sort of museum you should come to if your visits to the Musee d'Orsay and The Louvre have not satiated you, as it presents
lots of different ever changing exhibits by individual artists from all over the world or
on trends in the international art scene.
Exhibits do change on a regular basis, but there are often large gaps between the
exhibitions and different shows, so it is always advisable to check what is on and when,
so that you will not be disappointed.
The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris hosts retrospectives aimed at the prominent
movements and artists that populated the 20th-century artistic scene, along with more
focused exhibitions showcasing the main trends shaping art today.
There is a bookshop in which you can purchase numerous items of your interest along with
souveniers and by prior arrangement guided tours are also available. You will be
pleased to know that this museum is accessible to the disabled and wheelchairs are even
available to use, plus the use of a camera is allowed, and the museum is open from 10am to
5.30pm on a Tuesday through to Sunday, yet like most, it is closed on a Monday along with
most national holidays.
Address & Contact Details:
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson
Telephone: 1 53 67 40 00