Paris Travel Planner   Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
One of the museums of the city of Paris, it focuses on contemporary art and special exhibits.




The museum is housed in part of the Palais de Tokyo, built in 1937 for the International Art and Technical Exhibition. This exhibition resulted in the acquisition of works by Matisse, Bonnard, Delaunay, and Vuillard, to name just a few.

It opened as the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1961, with the transfer of the modern collections of the Petit Palais to this new museum. The museum is one of the fourteen Museums of the City of Paris.

One of the most unusual and striking parts of the permanent collection is the large room devoted to La Fée Électricité, by Raoul Dufy. This monumental work (10 by 60 meters, or 33 by 197 feet) tells the history of electricity and its applications throughout time. Depicting both mythological tales and portraits of scientists and inventors, the painting is a wonderful blend of science and imagination.

Raoul Dufy, Fée d'Electricité, Paris

Originally created in 1937, it was installed in the Museum of Modern Art in 1964.

The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris also hosts frequent special exhibitions, showcasing modern artists and a variety of works.

It has a café and, in season, tables on the terrace overlooking the Seine. You can rest, have a snack, and enjoy the view.

Closed Mondays; free admission to permanent collections, fees for special exhibitions.

Métro: Alma-Marceau, Iéna
RER: Pont de l'Alma
Bus: 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 92

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
11 Avenue du Président Wilson
75016 Paris
+33 (0)1 53 67 40 80

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Matisse, Museum of Modern Art, paris

Above, La Dance de Paris by Matisse at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.

Below, Museum entrance.

Entrance, Museum of Modern Art, Paris

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