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The Palais de Tokyo Museum In Paris France

The Palais de Tokyo is probably the most innovative venue for the exhibitions and exciting creations of contemporary modern art.

This museum is not like any other museum you are likely to visit whilst on holiday in Paris and is situated in the art-deco palace created in 1937 to house the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris.  It was founded in 1999 but did not open for another couple of years and is devoted entirely to the work of young artists who are just emerging into the arena.

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The Palais de Tokyo Museum In Paris France

The Palais de Tokyo is next door to the Museum of Modern Art in the Trocadéro neighbourhood of the 16 Arrondissement, and has become known as the most creative and fun museum in Paris, aimed more towards the younger generation, being the only museum to be open until midnight.

The original idea was to showcase fashion, video, film, music and dance alongside the more traditional paintings and sculptures and with its spirit of risk-taking and experimentation, the Palais de Tokyo emphasises on youth culture and even today it still continues to attract visitors of all ages.

With the grand outdoor plaza that has been transformed into an improvised skate park, along with the late night cantina and a more formal restaurant that is a popular meeting place in Paris, this incredible place has a lively and fun atmosphere for those that want something entirely different for an evening out in the city.

The unorthodox and ambitious planning means that most exhibitions have their grand openings in the evenings accompanied by live music and dance, which makes it a very unique blend of culture and art all mixed together.

Having no permanent collection, the temporary exhibits are spread over the large open space of the interior that was designed by the French architects Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal, who selected a very basic rough and ready style with concrete everywhere!

Derelict for more than a decade the Palais de Tokyo has been transformed into an adventurous and cultural centre which is a funky and hip place to go, especially if you prefer less crowds, a more relaxed atmosphere than some of the stuffy museums and prefer late nights!

There are other places that do open reasonably late in the evening, such as the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre on certain nights, but situated in one of the really trendy neighbourhoods of Paris overlooking the River Seine, this could make a fantastic evening with a difference that you will never forget.

This fascinating place is open from noon until midnight every day of the week except for Mondays when it is completely closed and the most attractive and picturesque way of getting to the Palais de Tokyo is from the Avenue de New York, which is located beside the Seine.

Address & Contact Details:

Palais de Tokyo
Site de Création Contemporaine
13 Avenue du Président-Wilson

Telephone: 1 47 23 54 01

The Palais de Tokyo Museum

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