Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)






Where in Paris can you view masterpieces of twentieth century art displayed in an Art Deco landmark offering the best view of the Eiffel Tower in the whole city and do it all for free?  At the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) in the Palais de Tokyo where approximately 500 municipally owned paintings, sculptures and works of decorative art and furniture allow visitors to survey all of the major Modernist art movements from Fauvism and Cubism to Abstraction and Surrealism to Expressionism and New Realism and there is no charge.

Established in 1937, the collection is organized chronologically with select galleries dedicated to individual artists like Matisse and Dufy most representative of the more than 5,000 works in the holdings. The display also retraces the key moments in the history of 20th century French decorative arts with rooms dedicated to superlative Art Deco and Modernist furniture and objects by masters of design such as by Pierre Chareau, André Arbus and Jacques Emile Ruhlmann.

The most prominent holding among many masterpieces is Matisse’s celebrated triptych “La Danse de Paris” (1931-1933), monumental decoupage panels originally commissioned for the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA. Look for “Nude in the Bath” by Bonnard, “The Cardiff Team” by R. Delaunay, “The River” by Derain, “Discs” by Léger, “The Blue Bird” by Metzinger, “The Lovers” by Picabia and the four “Artists’ Portraits” by Vuillard, standout achievements in the careers of each artist respectively.

Behold extravagant, oversize murals by Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Albert Gleizes, Jacques Villon and Raoul Dufy whose 30-foot high by 200-foot long tour de force “The Electric Fairy (La Fée Électricité)” is one of his defining accomplishments.  New acquisitions of some of the great artists of the late 20th century have continued to expand the collection including outstanding examples by Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley and Christopher Wool while two important pieces, “Marcel” by Pierre Ardouvin and “The Cursed Part” by Cerith Wyn Evans represent the early 21st century.

Bring your camera because behind the museum a sweeping terrace over tiered fountains descending to the Seine directly opposite the Eiffel Tower provides the most picture perfect perch to capture you with the Parisian icon.  While entry to the permanent collection and terrace is free, the museum also regularly presents outstanding temporary exhibitions for which a paid admission is required.





 "La Danse de Paris" (1931 - 1933) - Matisse

“La Danse de Paris” (1931 – 1933) – Matisse

"The Lovers" (1925) - Picabia

“The Lovers” (1925) – Picabia

“The Electric Fairy (La Fée Électricité)” (1937) - Dufy

“The Electric Fairy (La Fée Électricité)” (1937) – Dufy

Palais de Tokyo (1937)

Palais de Tokyo (1937)

 

Official Museum Site

 

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris

(Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)

Palais de Tokyo

11 avenue du Président Wilson

75116 Paris, France

(1) 53-67-40-00

 

Current Exhibitions:

Eva and Adele: You Are My Biggest Inspiration

September 30, 2016 through February 26, 2017

 

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Bernard Buffet: Retrospective

October 14, 2016 through February 26, 2017

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place

October 18, 2016 through February 12, 2017

 

Must See in the Permanent Collection:

  • Matisse – “La Danse de Paris” – 1931- 1933

  • Matisse – “La Danse inachevée” – 1931

  • Dufy – The Electric Fairy (La Fée Électricité)” – 1937

  • Bonnard – “Nude in the Bath” – 1936 – 1938

  • R. Delaunay – “The Cardiff Team” – 1913

  • Derain – “The River” – 1912

  • Léger – “Discs” – 1918

  • Metzinger  - “The Blue Bird” – 1913

  • Picabia – “The Lovers” – 1924 – 1925

  • Vuillard  - Artists’ Portraits” – 1931 – 1934

 

Visiting  Hours:

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed on Monday.

 

Admission:

Free for the permanent collection.

Prices vary for temporary exhibitions.





 

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