Where in Paris should you go these days if you are an avid contemporary art lover? An array of options are currently available to you, as Parisian museums, galleries, and other art centers boast some of the world’s richest and most impressive collections and temporary exhibitions.
Here are the main museums and a handful of art galeries, as of now:
- The National Modern Art Museum in Centre Pompidou, Paris 4th arr.
- Palais de Tokyo in the Modern Art Museum of Paris, in the 16th arr.
- The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris 14th arr.
- The Louis Vuitton Foundation, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16th arr.
- Le Cent-Quatre, Paris 19th arr.
- Le FRAC (Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain), Paris 19th arr.
- Fluctuart, dedicated to urban art, Paris 7th arr.
- Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris 3rd arr.
- Galerie Perrotin, Paris 3rd arr.
- Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris 6th arr. and in Pantin (93)
- Galerie Gagosian, Paris 8th
- (our apologies to all unquoted galleries, there are too many!)
But here is the most stunning place we are all waiting for: in 2020, in the very heart of Paris, the historical building known as the Bourse de commerce (Commodities Exchange) and originally used as a place to negotiate the trade of grain and other commodities, will reopen its doors as a fantastic contemporary art museum. According to their website: “It will present thematic hangings of works in the Pinault Collection, monographic exhibitions devoted to major artists, commissions, cartes blanches, and in-situ installations.”
Japanese self-taught architect Tadao Ando was hired by François Pinault to design his new contemporary art museum. “The goal of the conversion of the Bourse de Commerce into a museum is to create the ideal conditions for the visitor to experience art. It will be flexible and adaptable, to best accommodate the range of different media used by contemporary artists today.”
Another fabulous news is the opening of La Halle aux Grains, the first Parisian restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Michel Bras and son Sébastien; it is to be located at the top of the building, with a breathtaking view over Saint-Eustache, Les Halles, Tour Saint-Jacques, and, of course, the iconic rooftops of the city…
The creation of this much-awaited contemporary art museum within the walls of a 250-year old building is yet another proof that Paris can harmoniously blend history and modernity.