Modern and contemporary art museums

Architecture, painting, videos, installations, performances, street art … in Parisian museums.

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Greater Paris is a magnet for art in all its forms - design, painting, photography, sculpture and more! The permanent collections, temporary displays and one-off installations of its museums and exhibition spaces put contemporary art in the spotlight.

To brush up on your knowledge of iconic works, a visit to the Centre Pompidou, which houses the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, is a must. You can admire masterpieces of the 20th century, but also the works of major artists on the contemporary art scene, like renowned German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans, Christopher Wool, Olafur Eliasson, Christian Boltanski, and others. The Georges Pompidou Centre also organises a packed programme of popular exhibitions, such as the Jeff Koons retrospective, which set a new attendance record with more than 600,000 visitors.

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, at the top of Chaillot hill, houses an important collection of works from the major artistic movements of the last century, while keeping a close eye on contemporary art trends. The museum has already shown exhibitions devoted to artists such as Larry Clark, Matthew Barney, Olafur Eliasson, Maurizio Cattelan, Pierre Huyghe and Zeng Fanzhi.

To keep up with the latest trends in art, go along to the Palais de Tokyo, opposite the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris. Offbeat and surprising, this ‘hybrid place is dedicated to all mediums of contemporary creation: painting, sculpture, design, fashion, video, cinema ... 

Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the majestic Grand Palais, near the Champs-Elysées, is a landmark exhibition venue. It hosts major events such as Monumenta (next held in 2018), the FIAC and Art Paris Art Fair,  and Révélations, the first international biennial for the art and craft professions that is devoted entirely to contemporary art.

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And, a few minutes from La Villette, the Centquatre is a multidisciplinary venue that creates a dialogue with art in all its forms through exhibitions, artistic encounters and other showcases ... This year’s must-do events include the Circulation(s) festival for young European photographers.

Curious about French art and design? Head to MAC/VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine, the first contemporary art museum to open in the south east of Paris. Devoted to the French art scene from the 50s onwards, its featured artists include Pierre Huyghe, Christian Boltanski, Fabrice Hyber, Claude Closky and Kader Attia.

Another space to get a handle on the vibrant French art scene is Le Plateau, near the Buttes-Chaumont, in the 19th arrondissement. Opened in 2002, Le Plateau is one of two exhibition spaces run by the Fonds régional d’art contemporain (FRAC) of Ile-de-France (you can visit the second space in the Château de Rentilly, in Seine-et-Marne). The Ile-de-France FRAC has a collection of over 1,400 works as well as an exhibition space for artists, Le Plateau organises events and educational sessions, including for young people.

Gaité Lyrique, Paris

Greater Paris is a nerve centre for all the art forms. Key places for different art genres in Paris are: for photography, the Jeu de Paume in the Tuileries Gardens, near the Place de la Concorde. This museum is entirely devoted to photography, cinema and video. It has built up a reputation with fine retrospectives : Martin Parr, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, Pierre et Gilles...  Another gallery that’s well worth a visit is the Maison européenne de la photographie, , which exhibits works by leading photographers - including Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz and Raymond Depardon - and emerging artists. And make time to visit the BAL, a small documentary-image venue set up by legendary French photographer Raymond Depardon. 

If you’re heading south, don’t miss the museum opened by French photographer Robert Doisneau - perhaps best known for his celebrated photo, “Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville” (1950) - in Gentilly, where he was born in 1921. Opened in 1996, the Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau is an exhibition centre showcasing photographers with a keen eye for observing life. Throughout the year, it organises exhibitions devoted to original artists from around the world, including David Seymour and Georges Rodger, the founders of the Magnum agency, Serge Clément, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Clemens Kalischer, and many others.

Installed in a futuristic building signed Jakob + MacFarlane, the Cité de la mode et du design is dedicated to the avant-garde. It is also home to Art Ludique, the first museum dedicated to the art of entertainment (comics, mangas, video games, animation ...).

As for the digital arts, they are strongly represented in the centre of Paris, at the Gaîté Lyrique, but also in the west at the Cube, a digital arts centre in Issy-les-Moulineaux. Meanwhile, cinema has its headquarters at Luc Besson’s Cité du cinéma, which opened in Saint-Denis in 2012.

Urban art also has its own museum. Opened in October 2016, Art 42 is France’s first street art museum. Located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, at the heart of 42, a computer programming school created by Xavier Niel, at no cost you can admire (by reservation only) 150 works by artists including Banksy, Invader, JR, and emerging names.

Centre Pompidou Adhérent

Museum
Place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004
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The Centre Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is a 20th-century architectural marvel, immediately recognizable......

Espace Dalí Paris Adhérent

Museum
11 rue Poulbot, Paris, 75018
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In the heart of Montmartre, Espace Dalí presents the only permanent exhibition in France entirely devoted to the master of......

Fondation Louis Vuitton Adhérent

Museum
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, 75016
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The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, a stone's throw from the Jardin d’Acclimatation, opened its doors......

Appartement - atelier de Le Corbusier Adhérent

Museum
24 rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris, 75016

The Le Corbusier’s Studio-Apartment, situated on the top two floors of the Molitor building, was designed and built between 1931......

Atelier Brancusi - Centre Georges Pompidou Adhérent

Museum
Place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004

Constantin Brancusi, a major artist in the history of modern sculpture, was born in Romania in 1876, and went on to live in......

La Cité de la Mode et du Design Adhérent

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris, 75013

The site is immediately recognizable by the ultra-contemporary, bright green structure on its exterior. It houses spaces......

Maison La Roche Adhérent

Museum
8 square du Docteur Blanche, Paris, 75016

Built by Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, between 1923 and 1925, the La Roche and Jeanneret houses reflect the......

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris Adhérent

Museum
11 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, 75116

Opened in 1961, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (or MaM) is situated in the east wing of the Palais de Tokyo, a......

Musée national Picasso-Paris Adhérent

Museum
Hôtel Salé - 5 rue de Thorigny, Paris, 75003

The collection in the Musée Picasso-Paris includes more than 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archive pieces. By its quality......

Art 42 - Urban Art Collection

Museum
École 42 - 96 boulevard Bessières, Paris, 75017

Installé dans une école d'informatique du 17e arrondissement, Art 42 - Urban Art Collection est le premier musée de street art et......

Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine

Museum
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris, 75116

Explore 1,000 years of the history of architecture at the Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine. Situated at the Palais de......

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

Museum
261 boulevard Raspail, Paris, 75014

The Cartier foundation for contemporary art, which opened in 1994, is located on Boulevard Raspail in the 14th arrondissement of......

Gaîté Lyrique Adhérent

Museum
3 bis rue Papin, Paris, 75003

La Gaîté Lyrique is dedicated to digital culture and holds exhibitions, workshops, concerts, talks and screenings. It is a mix......

Jeu de Paume Paris

Museum
1 place de la Concorde, Paris, 75008

Jeu de Paume Paris, located in the Tuileries Gardens close to Place de la Concorde, is dedicated to photography, video, art house......

La Halle Saint-Pierre

Museum
2 rue Ronsard, Paris, 75018

Inside a building with Baltard architecture, in the gardens at Butte Montmartre, the Halle Saint Pierre houses a museum and......

Le BAL

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
6 impasse de la Défense, Paris, 75018

This former ballroom of the Roaring Twenties is now a venue dedicated to "attaching the real onto the image" : what are the......

Le Cube - Centre de création numérique

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
20 cours Saint-Vincent, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 92130

In Issy-les-Moulineaux, just outside Paris, Le Cube, centre for digital creation, aims to help the public learn about digital......

Paris La Défense Art Collection

Museum
15 place de La Défense, Paris La Défense Cedex, 92974

The Musée à Ciel Ouvert was built in 1972 thanks to an amibitious policy of public orders and offers you a unique journey through......

Musée de la Sculpture en plein air

Museum
Quai Saint Bernard - Square Tino Rossi, Paris, 75005

The open-air sculpture museum along the Quai Saint-Bernard between the Pont de Sully and the Pont d’Austerlitz provides a......

Musée des graffitis

Museum
295 rue de Belleville, Paris, 75019

Open since the 26 May 2009, the Musée de Graffitis invites graffiti artists to come and excert their talent on boards that are......

Palais de Tokyo

Museum
13 avenue du Président Wilson, Paris, 75116

The Palais de Tokyo occupies a monumental building which was built in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition dedicated to......

Pavillon de l'Arsenal

Museum
21 boulevard Morland, Paris, 75004

City of Paris centre for information, documentation and urban and architectural exhibitions. The Pavillon de l'Arsenal enables......