“The Palais de Tokyo is a grand, temple-like building with a view of the Eiffel Tower. But the interior, where offbeat contemporary art is often showcased, is a wreck; parts of it are almost ruinous. I love the contrast between the formality of the exterior and the roughness of the interior. The café and the bookstore use coarse industrial materials in ways that accentuate the disparity.” —Fred Dust 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 16th arrondissement, 33/(0) 1-81-97-35-88. This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
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True Haven for Modern Art
An idiosyncratic beauty mark on the face of Paris, where a synthesis of culture and modern artistry converge. As abstract and lofty as some of the exhibitions can be, the space is utilized in a commanding way and the ultimate freedom of movement and exploration you feel as a visitor is unparalleled. Browse the quirky bookstore for otherwise hard to locate magazines and special edition books; it's a modern art aficionado's dream. In the mood for people watching? On the exterior grounds of the museum witness couples of every age performing the tango, modern dance troupes and skateboarders who add to this unique slice of Paris.
The Palais de Tokyo brings art to life, with innovative installations of revolutionary Experiential Art. Past shows have included climbing through a suspended plastic wrap tunnel, or gondaler-ing across a (wo)man-made lake. After the show, there is an "I want" inducing gift shop. Hungry? The snack bar is quick and easy, Tokyo Eats satisfies the trendy crowd, while Monsieur Bleu serves the jetsetters. Open until midnight, the gallery is a great place for entertainment for clubbers before heading to Yoyo, the Palais' nightclub.
The largest contemporary art space in Europe is also the coolest place to be for kids of every age. Teens come in flocks, lining up for the vintage Fotomaton, exploring the experiential art exhibitions, and waiting for the opening of the YoYo night club. Families with young kids also enjoy the art, as well as the kiddy art classes and the fantastic brunches at Tokyo Eats.