...or - to be precise - The Modern Art Museum of the city of Paris, because - yes - Paris also has the national modern art museum at the Pompidou Centre, and of course the experimental bleeding edge of modern art just next door at the Palais de Tokyo. So, one modern art museum too many? Opinions differ, but if you fancy seeing a giant Dufy or a rare Matisse, this is where you should go.
In yet another building dating from a Universal Exposition (this time in 1937), the permanent collection is split into two chronologies from before and after the sixties, and a renovation finished in 2005 has created a “dark room” especially for showing modern video works. Temporary exhibitions include a wide range of artists from Warhol and Matthew Barney, and - let's be honest - the bookshop is a fabulous place to find tomes to wow your future dinner guests.
The Grand Palais will be hosting the modern and contemporary art fair better known as “Artparis” this April...
On this occasion, it will showcase the work of a hundred of the most vibrant French and foreign galleries that appear to be particularly representative of the international modern and contemporary art market.
Retaining its modern-contemporary slant, this significant Parisian art event offers a comprehensive overview of modern art from the 1900s onwards while also featuring a wide range of works by major contemporary artists, French or resident in France, and up-and-coming young artists representing the current French art scene.
“Artparis” brings together about a hundred French and foreign galleries from 14 countries under the glass roof of the Grand Palais over a five-day period.
For this edition, artparis will present a thematic exhibition, specifically dedicated to China Contemporary arts.
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