paris: palais de tokyo renewal

© andré morin - window installation by christian marclay at the venue's tokyo eat restaurant

located on the banks of the seine and a stone's throw away from the iconic eiffel tower, palais de tokyo is to reopen on thu - apr 20. one of the planet's most prominent venues for modern + contemporary art, and self-proclaimed 'anti-museum', the venue has been closed for a thorough reconstruction for the past ten months. originally built for the 1937 world fair, it became the home of palais de tokyo in 2002. the reopening coincides with the museum's 10th anniversary and the celebrations take place in a venue that, quite incredibly, tripled in size and now covers an exhibition area of approx. 13,593 square metres. but the vibe at palais de tokyo has largely remains very the same, featuring a series of raw, industrial spaces with concrete floors and exposed beams. 

palais de tokyo's opening show is intense proximity, an extensive contemporary art event that is supervised by influential nigerian-american curator okwui enwezor, and part of the la triennale series. that aims to highlight current creation in the visual arts in france. a reflection of the times we live in, the show points to those frictions which set every human activity into motion. it also questions how an individual’s origins, intellectual education or life path have an impact on his/her situation in the larger context of a society. on display is a wide range of different from no less than 113 artists and art collectives [on through aug 26]. location: 13 avenue du président wilson [champs-élysées].

© andré morin - exhibition spaces and inside tokyo eat restaurant [top to bottom]