The contemporary tour is based around events which have made an impact on the history of the museum, including the exhibition Mythologies quotidiennes (1964), with works by the Narrative Figuration movement and “new historical painting” (Gallery 13). Gallery 14 exhibits the work by Simon Hantaï, who died in 2008, but whose enduring creativity is captured in the museum’s collection. Gallery 14 bis explores the close ties between the works of Jean Dupuy and the artists belonging to the Fluxus group. Gallery 15 houses paintings by major contemporary artists including Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz and Bernard Frize, as well as recently acquired work by Christopher Wool. Certain artists pursued their personal path in parallel to the major artistic trends, such as Alan Charlton, Bridget Riley (who featured in a retrospective at the museum in 2008), exploring colour and its resonances in abstract art.
Influenced by Conceptual art, Surrealism and by the Situationism of the 1960s and 1970s, Cerith Wyn Evans (Gallery 16) created a collection of chandeliers recreating passages from his own private world in the form of Morse code.
Gallery 17 is devoted to displaying recently acquired contemporary works showcasing the very latest trends.
11 avenue du Président Wilson
Tél : 01 53 67 40 00
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Late opening on Thursdays until 10pm (exhibitions only).
Permanent collection : free access
Metro Alma-Marceau or Iéna
RER C Pont de l'Alma
Bus 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 92
Vélib' (self-service cycle hire) station: 2 rue Marceau