Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo is Europe's biggest must-see venue devoted to contemporary art opposite Palais Galliera.

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Hôtel La Tamise is all about showcasing art in all its glory and brings you a unique experimental venue that takes a fresh look at art. 

A palace devoted to contemporary art


Palais de Tokyo was originally a palace built for the 1937 International Exhibition to host two major cultural museums: Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris to the east and Musée national d’art moderne to the west. It wasn't until 1999 that the building's west wing was devoted entirely to contemporary design: Palais de Tokyo. Its name comes from what is now Avenue de New York opposite Palais de Tokyo, "Quai de Tokio". The palace opened in 2002 after major construction work by architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal who turned the site into the biggest European contemporary art centre covering over 20,000m2. The eclectic schedule and drive to change how we see art means Palais de Tokyo reaches out to all forms of artistic expression. Palais de Tokyo is surprising and transgressive at heart; it's a place "where you don't think about art but instead with art and how it changes us" as its president Jean de Loisy said in 2011.


A hub of life


Palais de Tokyo is a real hub of life as it hosts exhibitions by living artists. The venue near Hôtel La Tamise enables visitors to experience modern art in all its forms. Passersby can stop on the forecourt outside the Palais and gaze at the sculpture by Antoine Bourdelle, la France. The neighbouring Jardin aux Habitants gives gardeners the chance to grow things on a plot. Inside you can flick through top art tomes in the Palais' bookshop. Last but not least, the experimental art venue is open until midnight and serves lunch and dinner in one of two restaurants

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