13 avenue du President Wilson
Phone: +33 1 47 23 38 86
Fax: + 33 1 47 20 15 31
Website: http://www.palaisdetokyo.

Palais De Tokyo

A site for contemporary art, the Palais de Tokyo is conceived as a forum for experimentation and innovation. Open to everyone, it presents new ways of experiencing emerging artistic practices, it proposes exhibitions and events in a variety of formats, and it remains committed to working closely with artists.

Constructed on the occasion of the 1937 Universal Exposition, the building originally held the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art. In 2002, a renovation by the architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal gave the Palais de Tokyo four thousand square meters of exhibition space. Open from noon to midnight, the Palais de Tokyo is a place that is truly alive and hosts a restaurant, a cafe,a bookstore, and a boutique.

Founded in January 2002 at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Communications,the Palais de Tokyo began under the direction of Nicolas Bourriaud and Jerome Sans and, since January 2006, is now directed by Marc-Olivier Wahler. The Palais de Tokyo programming is supported by private funds, proposing a new model for funding contemporary art institutions in France.

Since 2002, more than 320 artists have exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo. Over one million people have visited the site, at an average of more than 20,000 visitors per month. Over five milllion people have visited the website,


Steven Parrino
Retrospective, Prospective
May 24 to 26 August 2007

This summer, the Palais de Tokyo devotes the entirety of its exhibition spaces to a program of and around the artist Steven Parrino entitled LA MARQUE NOIRE.

Steven Parrino, who died in a motorcycle accident in January 2005, is considered by many as a model of a radical and uncompromising artistic activity. Inspired by the artist's ability to disregard the notion of categories and to place the collaborative process at the core of his practice, LA MARQUE NOIRE proposes a wide selection of overlapping exhibitions and events.

A triptych of exhibitions are on view : STEVEN PARRINO: RETROSPECTIVE 1981-2004; BEFORE (PLUS OU MOINS), an exhibition of artists who had a deep influence on Parrino; and BASTARD CREATURE, an exhibition of artists who Parrino supported and influenced that is based on two previous exhibitions that the artist curated himself, in Bregenz (2003) and Dijon (1999). In addition, LA MARQUE NOIRE includes a weekly schedule of performances, screenings, and lectures.

Steven Parrino made the apparently inconceivable junction between Pop culture and Greenbergian modernism, bringing together the aesthetics of Hell's Angels and Minimal Art. If painting was dead, he believes in the life that thrives in the pieces of its leftover corpse. By presenting a large number of Parrino's works and by inviting the artists who have influenced him, as well as the artists whom Parrino chose to exhibit, support, and with whom he often collaborated, LA MARQUE NOIRE becomes a universe that stretches from minimalism, tattoos, experimental films, and cartoons to industrial design, No Wave,...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (1)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Ugo Rondinone (September 27, December 31 2007)


Full Price : 6 euros
Half Price : 4,50 euros (- 26 years, + 60 years)

Opening hours

Opening every day except Monday.
From midday to midnight

Getting there

Metro : Line 9. Iena or Alma-Marceau
Bus : 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 82, 92
RER C : Pont de l'Alma


Restaurant Tokyo Eat
Cafetaria : Tokyo Idem
Book Shop
Black Block

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Conference, concerts, screenings every thursday




Half price : group (10 pers.) : 4,50 euros


- group : 20 pers. / 70 euros (organized visit)
-Group (free visit) : 20 euros


Large family : 9,50 euros


- 18 years : Free


3 euros (Imagin R)
1 euros : Art student


group : 20 pers. / 200 euros (organized visit)