Palais de Tokyo
Don’t be confused by the name, this isn’t a museum dedicated to Japan, but a showcase for contemporary art. Built for the International Exposition of Arts and Techniques of 1937 (people just got into the habit of calling the building the Palais de Tokyo, because the riverbank below was known as the quai de Tokyo), it housed Paris’s National Museum of Modern Art before it moved to the Georges Pompidou Center.
rnFrench architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal are responsible for its latest incarnation as a centre for contemporary art, which opened in 2002. Curators Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans put together an interesting blend of cross-disciplinary media in a fittingly bare ‘warehouse’ space to give the art maximum impact.
rnThe Palais de Tokyo also has four cinema screens dedicated to experimental and art-house film. The extraordinary opening hours, along with its trendy restaurant, shops and café, pull in a cool, young urban crowd.