Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo was created in 2002: Its liveliness, joyfulness, and adventurous approach made Paris sit up and take notice. As an anti-museum par excellence, a rebellious undeveloped plot in the 16th arrondissement, a offbeat yet ambitious “palace”, a place for exchanges and surprises, it was the pioneer of a movement of reconciliation between the City of Light and contemporary art. It has been emulated as a model and for its programming well beyond the frontiers of France, both among specialists, art-lovers, and the wide public.

Following on from these years of success, in 2012 Palais de Tokyo became one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe, its surface area rising from 8,000 sq. m. to 22,000 sq. m. It now extends right to the River Seine, forming a link on the side of the hill between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées. Its success, its spirit of adventure, and these new spaces made available to artists, their gestures, and their ways of looking increase our capacity to perceive, imagine, and open up new paths.

Today, the expansion of its premises and its mission provides Palais de Tokyo with an opportunity to rethink the role of cultural institutions in view of the permanent speeding up of our lives. It becomes a place where we can come face to face with the art of our time. A place that was born from its contradictions, is inhabited by them and has grown up among them. Magical yet violent, poetic and transgressive, sensual yet meditative, huge yet intimate, public yet secret — a place where they know how to be enthusiastic without pontificating, relaxed and at the same time attentive, thorough yet accessible, where they work not on art but with art, and where art works on us. This enhanced Palais de Tokyo will become a destination with broad spaces that are as mobile as the lives that pass through them. A permanent landing stage moored by the river, a terraced garden with branching pathways, a utopia on the move, an interface whose inhabitants and visitors live simultaneously within and outside the codes of the city, of “culture”, of everyday life. A territory offering present-day explorers the modest but crucial opportunity to sample the pulsation and flavors of what is emerging, finally allowing us to keep pace with the audacities of our own epoch.

The Palais de Tokyo is also…

The bookshop open until midnight

The catalogue of the current exhibition? An artist’s DVD? The latest theoretical opus on contemporary art? The Palais de Tokyo’s bookshop initiates, accompanies, and completes your craving for contemporary art. It’s enough to keep you up all night!

The bookshop, stretching out over 900 square feet at the entrance to the Palais de Tokyo, offers a vast selection of books, magazines, and other publications that bears witness to the vivacity of present-day creation in all of the disciplines featured at the Palais de Tokyo: contemporary art, fashion, design, photography, architecture, music, and more.

Creative, international, and likely to generate its own events, the bookshop judiciously complements and completes the bookshop of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, located in the other wing of the building.

The Tokyo eat restaurant

Since the Palais de Tokyo opened its doors in 2002, the Tokyo Eat has attracted lovers of inventive cuisine to relax in its convivial surroundings. The Tokyo Eat décor is the work of Stéphane Maupin (architecture and lamps), Ivan Fayard (the tables) and the artists André, Marcus Kreiss, Olivier Babin, Kolkoz and Zevs (the chairs). Bernard Brunon (That’s painting) is responsible for the wall paintings.

Monsieur Bleu restaurant

With an enviable location in the new wing of the Palais de Tokyo, perched on the quays of the Seine just across from the Eiffel Tower, Monsieur Bleu caters equally well for sociable suppers, business lunches, family meals, artist meetings, or indeed lively late-nights. Its kitchens open around the clock, offering menus full of flair but conscious of the simple needs of the lunch-breakers, Monsieur Bleu is set to become the latest opening you simply won’t want to miss ! This versatile address designed by the architect Joseph Dirand, both cosmopolitan and international, presents a haven as delectable to the gourmet as it is to the gourmand, a living space where you may nibble just as easily as you’ll lunch, a forum for chance encounters as much as regular rendez-vous and if you fancy a dance, well you can do that too. The bar menu has been created created in collaboration with Alix Lacloche. And to make the most of the sun and warm evenings, you’ll be glad of one of the most beautiful terraces* in Paris with its unrivalled view of the Eiffel Tower, preserved for the chillier months by full-height glazing; Parisian luxury at its most irresistible.

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13, av. du Président Wilson

75016 Paris

T. 01 81 97 35 88

Alma – Marceau

Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday, noon – midnight
Closed on tuesday

Admission fee

Full rate €12.00 — Concessions €9.00

Free admission under 18 years-old, job seekers, those in receipt of income support…

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