Housed in a wing of the massive Palais de Tokyo, this municipal modern-art museum covers ground similar to that of the Pompidou Center but on a smaller scale. Picasso, Rouault, Picabia—the big names are all there, but their works are often lesser-known, making the museum a fab spot for discovering significant paintings you may never have seen before. Highlights include a room dedicated to surrealism (the personal collection of André Breton) and a series of paintings by Delaunay and Léger. The contemporary section, from 1960 on, covers seriously abstract movements like Fluxus and Figuration. In recent years, the collection has acquired several new works from the 1980s on, but for the most recent cutting-edge ideas, you are probably better off at the Palais de Tokyo museum in the wing next door. One huge room is covered with brilliant wall murals by Raoul Dufy (La Fée Electricité), as well as another vast room with two enormous versions of La Danse by Matisse.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 av. du Président-Wilson, 16th arrond.
Our Rating Hours Tues–Sun 10am–6pm (Thurs until 10pm during temporary exhibitions) Transportation Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau Phone 01-53-67-40-00 Web site Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Other Free admission to permanent collections
Map11 av. du Président-Wilson, 16th arrond. Paris
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