The Museum of Modern Art is located in one wing of the Palais de Tokyo, one of the beautiful buildings that was created for the Universal Exhibiton of 1937 (the Palais de Chaillot at the Trocadeo was also built for this occasion).
The museum houses over 9 000 pieces of 20th century art, and is also home to temporary exhibitions, also based around 20th century movements or artists, that change regularly.
It has a beautiful oval room covered with murals painted by Raoul Dufy in 1937 called La Fée Electricité. Originally painted for the building of the Paris electricity board, it was moved to the museum in 1961.
Outside there is a large terrace that adjoins this wing of the museum to the Palais de Tokyo on the other side and overlooks the Seine. In the summer the museum restaurants put their tables out here and it’s a great place to have lunch on a nice day.
Check out the temporary exhibitions as well as the permanent collection, currently there is a retrospective of the life and works of Sonia Delaunay which I really enjoyed.
- Musée d’art Moderne, 11 avenue du President Wilson, 75016 Paris. métro: Iena
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday open until 22:00