After ten months of renovation, the Palais de Tokyo officially reopens to the public today with the exhibition La Triennale.
The cultural centre first opened its doors ten years ago as a space dedicated to contemporary art and has gone on to become the place for avant-garde creation in Paris, in the midst of an otherwise bourgeoise and residential part of town. With no permanent collection, the institution hosts temporary exhibitions only, and has also previously been home to Black Block (the shop from the man about town André Saraiva), Nomiya (a restaurant on the roof of the building) and several events including activities for La Nuit des Musées and La Nuit Blanche.
Now, following the completion of the renovation work, Palais de Tokyo is one of the largest sites dedicated to contemporary creativity in Europe, its surface area almost tripling to 22,000 m2. In addition to four floors of exhibition space, the brut concrete and metal setting also houses a bookshop, the Saut du Loup restaurant, private members' club Tokyo Art Club, Little Tokyo - a space for childrens' activities, and the Tokyo Eat restaurant. Another new restaurant, which will also serve cocktails, will be opening September 2012.
From today until 26th August, 2012, the exhibition La Triennale - curated by Okwui Enwezor- will be on show, bringing together works from several French and International artists (including Annette Messager, Chris Ofili and Thomas Struth) around the theme of Intense Proximity, the exhibition's sub-heading, demonstrating creativity in the context of a diverse and globalised France.
Palais de Tokyo
13 avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris
Open midday-midnight everyday except Tuesday
Photos: all rights reserved Kim Laidlaw Adrey 2012