Tokyo Palace

The Palais de Tokyo in Paris is one of the most modern museums in the French capital, where you can admire works from all over the world. This museum is completely different from anything you’ve seen in the city, as it works with ultra-modern works.

With a charming and very inspiring architecture, it is comfortable to be inside the Palais de Tokyo. The space is large and the facilities are very interesting, in the Art Deco style. The Palais de Tokyo also has a café that serves delicious food. The museum store is very interesting and full of books, in addition to t-shirts made by designers.

The permanent collection, which is free to the public, houses major works by artists such as Matisse, Bonnard, Derain and Vuillard, as well as large-scale murals by Robert and Sonia Delaunay, among others.


Built on the occasion of the 1937 International Exhibition, the building called “Palais de Tokyo” . It is designed to house two distinct museums: the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris on the one hand, and the Musée national d’art moderne on the other. While the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris has since occupied the East wing of the building, the West wing has, in the course of its various missions, experienced a variety of destinations, all related to the visual arts. It is in this western wing that the current Palais de Tokyo, a place of contemporary creation.

The Visit

The permanent collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is divided into chronological blocks that explore the evolution of different movements and trends in contemporary art, from 1901 to the present.

“Historical” visit
This section includes important works of Fauve, Cubist, Post-Cubist, and Orphic painting, with notes by artists Delauney and Léger. A wing devoted to Surrealism features works by Picabia, while another devoted to the École de Paris displays works with bolder looks and lines.

Contemporary Round
Begun in the 1960s, this new wing of the museum reflects more recent acquisitions. The galleries trace the movements of New Realism, Fluxus, or Narrative Nature, as well as the abstract art movements. Important works by names such as Deschamps, Klein, Roth, Soulages, and Nemours line the galleries, as well as works by more experimental but lesser-known artists who have pushed the boundaries of form, color, and medium. The contemporary exhibition pays particular attention to the ways in which post-1960s artists have sought to break down the boundaries between traditional media and play “subversively” with traditional codes and discourses.

Painting, video, sculpture, photography and other media are used in non-traditional and surprising ways in many of these works.

In the basement is the Boltanski Gallery; the Salle Noire presents contemporary video works by artists such as Absalon, Pilar Albaraccin, Fikret Atay, Rebecca Bournigault and Rosemarie Trockel.


How to get to Palais de Tokyo

The entrance fee to the Palace Museum in Tokyo is 12 euros, but there are reduced rates for students, disabled people, teachers and many others. E The museum is located at 13 President Wilson Avenue and operates from noon to midnight, except on Tuesdays when it is not open.

Metro/RER: Alma-Marceau or Iena. RER Pont de l’Alma (line C)

13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, France