Paris, 21 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
After ten months of repairs and three months of complete closure to the public, the Palais de Tokyo, a space dedicated to contemporary art located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, will reopen on 12 April 2012.
Major changes are being made to the exhibition space. The new additions are taking over the building’s west wing, which was unoccupied after having housed the Fémis (the French state film school) between 1988 and 1995. The building’s total surface area expanded from 8,000 to 22,000 m2. As for the exhibition surface, it gained approximately 5,500 m2.
According to an article from the New York Times website, most of this extension will be “left unpolished”, so as to bring back the building’s past without destroying it. The exhibition area’s structure will be multi-purpose, enabling the organisation to display between 30 and 40 exhibitions each year. Areas for video projections, along with performances or “spontaneous exhibitions”, will be created. These works were led by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, who had already renovated the Palais de Tokyo for its opening in 2002. The Palais consequently remains faithful to the minimalist and economic approach of these two architects.
The spirit of the building will remain unchanged – it will continue to support up-and-coming contemporary artists (half of which being French), along with exchanges between different generations of artists.
As a means of refamiliarising the public to the new building, a 36-hr nonstop performance is scheduled to take place on 12 and 13 April for the building’s reopening. This will be an opportunity to discover works by artists such as Jean-Michel Alberola, Peter Buggenhout, Ulla von Brandenburg, Laurent Derobert, Vincent Ganivet, Christian Marclay, and Julien Salaud. The Palais will then be closed until the contemporary art triennial, whose inauguration is scheduled for 20 April. This event entitled “Intense Proximity” will be curated by Okwui Enwezor.
The renovations, fully funded by the French government, amount to € 20 million. As for daily up-keep, it relies on a public-private partnership, principally with the help of the Pierre Bergé & Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation.
An updated website is also expected accompany the reopening.