Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
Since its creation ten years ago, the Palais de Tokyo is the anti-museum par excellence: a lively, joyful and rebellious place. It has reconciled Paris with the contemporary art scene. Last week-end, the newly renovated and extended Palais de Tokyo re-opened its doors.
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It’s done: the Palais de Tokyo now occupies the entire 22.000 m building, making it Europe’s largest contemporary art centre dedicated to nearly emerging creation. Strangely, when you walk around the new spaces, you might wonder what has been renovated. Huge parts still look like a construction zone. But guess what? That’s how it should be. You are supposed to feel as if it were New York City or Berlin. All this is about the fallow charm of former industrial complexes where new creativity can explode.
Among the works and installations you will run into a huge heap of rubbish: „Art work, don’t throw away” says a paper lying on it. So is the guy who’s cleaning the wall with a huge brush also part of the art? Not really, but he could be. The lines are blurred.
„This is not an institution preoccupied with art history“, says new director Jean de Loisy, „but rather a laboratory exploring the best work of our time“. Take it as a transmitter: a place meant to reveal new artists, reinventing even the way of exhibiting and passing this knowledge on to a new generation.
Today and tomorrow, Friday 13th of April, the Palais de Tokyo is celebrating the reopening with concerts, performances, conferences and shows by artists. It’s a 28-hour event you shouldn’t miss. This party will give you a glimpse of the energy around.Palais de Tokyo 13, Avenue du Président Wilson 75016 PARIS Open everyday except Mondays from 12 am to 12 pm Métro: Iéna or Pont D’Alma Tel: +33 1 47 23 54 01