Le Palais de Tokyo, place of emergence for modern art. 

Experiments and innovation

Created in January 2002 on the initiative of the Ministry for the culture and the communication, the Palais de Tokyo is a place of experimentation and innovation for modern art. Thought like a forum open to all, it offers a new manner of living art closest to its time, and answer the expectations of the public and the artists.

First institution open from midday to midnight, it proposes at the same time exposures and events with the multiple formats: Performances, conferences, projections, etc. The Palais de Tokyo also created a reception to measure with the service of all the publics, thanks to a team of mediators specialists in the new contemporary practices. Three thousand square meters of spaces for exhibition, a restaurant, a cafeteria, a bookshop and a shop make a true place of life of it.

Installed in a historical building built at the time of the International exhibition of arts and techniques of 1937 to present the collections of the national Museum of modern art and adapted by the architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, the Palais de Tokyo has exceptional spaces of exhibition which place it at the row of the great international institutions dedicated to current art.


Programming at the Palais de Tokyo attests creative expansion of the contemporary world, disciplines crossed by current creation and of the many emergent expressions which draw its future of it. ‘Transdisciplinaire’, reagent, international, experimental and diversified, the program of the Palais de Tokyo testifies to its permanent engagement at the sides of the artists, to produce with them significant new works.

Founded and directed by Nicolas Bourriaud and Jerome Sans, the Palais de Tokyo develops its programming thanks to private partners, offering a new institutional model of financing of contemporary creation. 

Palais de Tokyo in numbers

Since its inauguration in January 2002, more than 230 artists were exposed. More than 740 000 people visited the Palais de Tokyo, with an average frequentation of 15 000 visitors per month. More than three million Netsurfers visited his Web site palaisdetokyo.com

Location : 13 Avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris

Phone 01 81 69 77 51

How to get there : 

  • By subway, Stations Iéna, or Alma Marceau
  • By bus (32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 82, 92)
  • In the RER C, Bridge of Alma,
  • It is enough to cross the Seine by car, park you on the central reservation of the avenue, in the streets available neighbourhood or the carparks

Opening :

  • From Tuesday to Sunday, and from noon to midnight
  • Annual closure on January 1, May 1 and December 25

Official website : palaisdetokyo.com

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