Here you can find one of the biggest paintings in the world: Raoul Dufy's 1937 creation. This oil painting covers an area of 600 square meters and consists of 250 wooden planks.
The museum underwent a two year renovation period and was reopened in February 2006. As part of the renovation, an exhibition space was added in the basement and a special "black room" was built to project artistic videos and art. Dufy's work was also renovated: asbestos was removed from it and the painting was placed on curved walls illuminated from the floor, according to the original vision of the artist.
The modular space, which was built and curved in a conical shape, allows for different types of exhibitions.
Ever since January 2004, a large number of jugglers and fire artists meet every Saturday evening in the outer courtyard.
Electronic music concerts are hosted here a couple times a week, you can also find video game rooms and, of course, works by 30 artists from around the world. You will also find a collection of cubist works, made by Modigliani and George Rowe, Matisse and others. The museum offers a variety of temporary exhibitions by contemporary artists in a variety of genres and styles. Below the terrace of the museum's restaurant, on the back side of the museum near the Seine River, you can find large and colorful graffiti.
Here you will find a self service restaurant, a cheap cafeteria, art with strong social awareness and some strange and interesting shops. The place is open until midnight and every evening there are lectures and concerts. On Saturdays you can also find a pleasant market behind the palace that specializes in organic products.
The victors of the architectural design competition of the building were Jean-Claude Doondel, André Aubert, Paul Viar and Marcel Dastonier. The building was built in a monumental style (a lot of size and power), consisting of two completely symmetrical sides, separated by a fountain and a staircase. The windows in the ceilings allow natural light to penetrate and illuminate most of the building's rooms.
In the outside of the building you can find many statues such as the ones placed on the bank to reflect in the water. Today there is nothing left of them, except for the sleeping nymphs.
The Palais de Tokyo is spread over 7,700 square meters out of 22,000 square meters, which is the total area of the building. It was mentioned that - when necessary, it will be able to expand its activities very easily.
During World War II, the lower floors of the building were used as shelter for Jews that had fled and hid in them.
In the 50's of the 20th century, the eastern side underwent extensive renovations. So in 1961, Paris's Museum of Modern Art could be opened, based on the works of Patty Palais. In 1977, collections from the Museum of Modern Art were taken from the western side of the building to the Centre Georges-Pompidou.
Between 1977 and 1986, the temporary location of the Museum of Experimental Art was established.
In 1988-1990, the Institute of Higher Studies in Plastic Arts used the Museum's old sculpture rooms.
The western wing of the palace, which between 1988 and 1995 was used by the Femis School (Film school), was evacuated. In 1999 the Minister of Culture and Media, Catherine Trotman, decided to partially reopen the western wing and house in it the Center for Contemporary Art. Thus, a competition was held to select a manager for the new center in July 1999, in which Nicolas Borio and Jerome Sen were granted a three year term.
In the newly redesigned spaces, the Palais de Tokyo became a site dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms: paintings, sculptures, designs, fashion, video art, cinema, literature and dances.
About 50% of the site's activity is funded by a subsidy from the French Ministry of Culture, but the rest of the funds comes from the various revenues of the site, such as ticket sales.