PALAIS offers an in-depth perspective at the exhibitions and the program of the Palais de Tokyo.It is open to other fields and other temporalities, thus becoming a tool for the comprehension of the present.
Built for the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris to house the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Palais de Tokyo has had a checkered history. Over seven decades of the history of the visual arts in France have come to be written through the openings, multiple renovations, and changing uses of the building. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Site for Contemporary Art has occupied the Palais de Tokyo, left unfinished after the planned Palais du Cinéma was abandoned at the end of the 1990s. In 10 years, under the stewardship of its successive directors, Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans, then Marc-Olivier Wahler, it has become an essential actor on the international art scene. In April 2012, an extended Palais de Tokyo will open its doors. With its 22,000 square meters of space renovated by the architects Lacaton & Vassal, it is broadening its mission to display the French scene in an international context. A new Palais de Tokyo, a place to explore, inhabited by artists, where, in the words of Jean de Loisy, its new president, “we do not work on art but with art, and it works on us.”
The magazine PALAIS, in the inaugural issue of its new formula, tells the story of this epic adventure in texts and images. Through several testimonials, interviews and multiple unpublished documents, it invites you to discover over seventy years of artistic life within the Palais de Tokyo.
Interviews: Jean de Loisy by Donatien Grau, Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans by Claire Moulène and Mathilde Villeneuve, Marc-Olivier Wahler by Christophe Kihm; as well as Michel Blazy, Jeremy Deller, Robert Delpire, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Meschac Gaba, Vincent Ganivet, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Alain Guiheux, Helmo, Thomas Hirschhorn, Anne Lacaton et Jean-Philippe Vassal, Sabina Lang & Daniel Baumann, Ange Leccia, M/M (Paris), Benoît Maire, Jean-Hubert Martin, Rivane Neuenschwander, Christian Oddos, Dominique Païni, Florian Pugnaire & David Raffini, Navin Rawanchaikul, Tobias Rehberger, Sarkis, Tatiana Trouvé.
Texts: Hélène Meisel, Jean-Baptiste Minnaert, Didier Schulmann.