Musee Art Moderne is a hidden treasure of Paris. Located on the Seine river banks near the Eiffel Tower, housed in an art deco building, it is as rich as Centre Pompidou and far less crowded. First class temporary exhibitions. Paris museums.
Don't confuse the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, managed by the city, with the National Museum of Modern Art in Centre Pompidou, managed by the state.
Hosted in the beautiful Palais de Tokio and continuously enriched by donations (in 2011, 4 paintings by Bernard Buffet and 61 by Giorgio de Chirico), the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris displays 20th century masterpieces in a spacious and bright environment. The museum is famous for its paintings by Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Delaunay, Raoul Dufy (La fee electricite), Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse (La danse), Kees Van Dongen.
The Musee d'Art Moderne is housed in Palais de Tokio. The creation of Palais de Tokyo was the result of an architectural competition opened in 1934 by the city and the French State. They wanted to create a building to host collections housed in Petit Palais, Jeu de Paume and Palais du Luxembourg. Architects Jean-Claude Andre Aubert Dondel, Marcel Paul and Viard Dastugue won the design competition. The Art Deco building was inaugurated in 1937 as the Palace of the Museums of Modern Art during the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology in Modern Life.
Musee Art Moderne has 6000 pieces of art spanning the 20th century. It is divided into halls dedicated to artistic movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Realism, Abstract and Contemporary Art. The museum includes a section on decorative art and furniture from the 1920s and 1930s.
The museum's permanent collections include works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Emile Othon Friesz, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Rouault, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Albert Marquet, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, Juan Gris, Ossip Zadkine, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Fernand Leger, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio de Chirico, Kees van Dongen, Jean Arp, Maurice Utrillo, Suzanne Valadon, Andre Derain, Moïse Kisling, Marc Chagall, Chaïm Soutine, Leonard Foujita, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Andre Masson, Jean Fautrier, Jean Dubuffet, Bernard Buffet, Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Staël, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Victor Vasarely, Daniel Buren, Hans Hartung. One of the most impressive paintings is the gigantic painting by Raoul Dufy which narrates the history of electricity with bright colors.
Paris metro: metro station Iena on line 9. Locate Musee art moderne on Paris map
Musee d'Art Moderne entrance fee: free admission to permanent collections. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Late opening on Thursdays until 10pm (exhibitions only). Ticket counters close at 5.15 pm (9.15 pm Thursdays).