Settled in an area rich with cultural spaces (Palais de Tokyo, Galleria Museum, Guimet Museum…), the Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris metropolitan museum of modern art), also simply called MAM, is settled in a large building opening on a spectacular colonnade and a terrrace. The building was especially erected for the 1937 International Exhibition and, following the general thema of the event, was dedicated to the celebration of the arts and technics of the modern ages. The gigantic work La fée électricité by Raoul Dufy, which is now a major piece of the museum’s collection, was also especially created for this 1937 exhibition and pays a vibrant homage to the revolutionary invention that electricity has been for humanity.

The museums presents a yearly program of exhibitions, from world famous artists as Keith Haring to lesser known but very interesting contemporary creators.  And indeed, even if its name only refers to modern art, the museum doesn’t shy off from showing more contemporary, sometimes quite daring, modes of expression. The permanent collections (access free) also mix modern with contemporary. Among the collection’s masterpieces are two versions of La Danse created byMatisse for the American collector Albert Barnes. Fauvism is more generally well represented in the collections, as is the Ecole de Paris (Modigliani, Foujita…). But the collections go further on the paths towards our times, with works from the Nouveaux Réalistes, Baselitz, Louise Bourgeois, Boltanski…. Design is not forgotten either, with splendid pieces of art deco furniture and other articrafts of great quality. So, even if it may be lesser known abroad than the Pompidou Center and the National Museum of Modern Art, the MAM is well worth the visit, even several visits, as the exhibitions change regularly and as the museum also offers a wide range of interesting activities, for children as well as for students and adults.