Palais de Tokyo was created in 2002: its liveliness, joyfulness, and adventurous approach made Paris sit up and take notice. As an anti-museum par excellence, a rebellious undeveloped plot in the 16th arrondissement, a offbeat yet ambitious “palace”, a place for exchanges and surprises, it was the pioneer of a movement of reconciliation between the City of Light and contemporary art. It has been emulated as a model and for its programming well beyond the frontiers of France, both among specialists, art-lovers, and the wide public.
Following on from these years of success, in 2012 Palais de Tokyo became one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe, its surface area rising from 8,000 sq. m. to 22,000 sq. m. It now extends right to the River Seine, forming a link on the side of the hill between the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées. Its success, its spirit of adventure, and these new spaces made available to artists, their gestures, and their ways of looking increase our capacity to perceive, imagine, and open up new paths.
Palais de Tokyo is a destination with broad spaces that are as mobile as the lives that pass through them. A permanent landing stage moored by the river, a terraced garden with branching pathways, a utopia on the move, an interface whose inhabitants and visitors live simultaneously within and outside the codes of the city, of “culture”, of everyday life. A territory offering present-day explorers the modest but crucial opportunity to sample the pulsation and flavors of what is emerging, finally allowing us to keep pace with the audacities of our own epoch.