A less spiritual but still freakin cool art experience: the Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo

Let’s be honest about this gallery discovery. I was feeling a little lazy and just wanted a gallery close to the Modern Art Museum – the Palais de Tokyo is right next door. Thank god for my laziness, because I honestly didn’t think a gallery like Palais de Tokyo existed anywhere outside a gritty city like New York.

The official description of this place is a ‘site for contemporary creation’, as far as I can gather it is a space for emerging artists to take over and make their own. What a space it is, a crumbling (once grand) concrete behemoth that is the perfect gallery space. You follow a fluro pink line throughout the giant halls to discover art installations around every corner.
I wasn’t so taken with a lot of the pieces, but somehow the setting made them utterly captivating. Seeing glimpses of the different works as you made your way up spiral staircases or rounded a concrete barrier was just fascinating.

What was also nice was that this was as far as you could get from a stuffy gallery. There were no hushed voices or reverential tones, the Palais de Tokyo is a space where you an know nothing and just appreciate things because you think they are cool.

Hats off to the designers who did this building identity, the hot pink lines and angles make sense of the journey through the building and in my opinion are just as awesome as the art.

Palais de Tokyo