“The Third Mind: Carte Blanche to Ugo Rondinone,” 2007. Exhibition view at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Photo: Marc Domage
The Palais de Tokyo is an art center that, since it first opened, has been dedicated to bringing the public close to the best French and international contemporary creative work. Open from noon to midnight, and employing a team of mediators—as well as housing a restaurant, a shop, and a bookshop—the Palais de Tokyo is a truly vibrant place that unhesitatingly mixes conceptual art and chainsaw sculpture contests, Minimalism and zombies, ready-mades and mutants, to let people see contemporary art in an up-to-the-minute, complex-free way, as often as possible from the point of view of the artists.
Placed in a unique space between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées, with a surface of more than 4,000 square meters dedicated to exhibitions in three different levels, the Palais de Tokyo ranks as one of the most important international institutions dedicated to contemporary art in Paris.
The Palais de Tokyo, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2012, is now something not to be missed in the French and international cultural landscape. With more than 300,000 visitors a year, it is one of the most widely visited art centers in Europe, at the heart of one of the most beautiful districts in the capital.