Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Palais de Tokyo
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, built in 1937, and re-opened in 2001 following a renovation by french architects Anne Lacaton & Jean-Philippe Vassal who created a series of rough interventions and minimal renovation to the existing building which had been derelict for more than a decade. The raw style of the renovation gives the building a wonderfully experimental and honest character reflecting both the history of the building and as a space for experimentation and presentation of contemporary art. The large spaces of the gallery have been preserved with only minimal interventions which enhance the functionality of the gallery without comprimising the existing qualities of the existing building.
The design has helped the gallery become the most experimental and ambitious contemporary art gallery in Paris which encourages and fosters experimentation and new modes of interaction, curation and exhibition of art.