Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

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Not to be confused with Musée National d'Art Moderne.
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is located in Paris
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Location within Paris
Established 1961
Location Palais de Tokyo, 11 avenue du Président Wilson,
75016 Paris, France
Coordinates 48°51′52″N 2°17′50″E / 48.864422°N 2.297333°E / 48.864422; 2.297333
Type Art museum
Visitors 800,000
Director Fabrice Hergott
Public transit access Iéna
Website Official site

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (French pronunciation: ​[myze daʁ mɔdɛʁn də la vil də paʁi], (City of Paris' Museum of Modern Art) is a major municipal museum dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is located at 11, Avenue du Président Wilson in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.[1]

The Museum is one of the 14 City of Paris' Museums that have been incorporated since January 1st 2013 in the public institution Paris Musées.

Description[edit]

Located in the eastern wing of the Palais de Tokyo and constructed for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology of 1937,[2] the museum was inaugurated in 1961. The museum collections include more than 8,000 works from art movements of the 20th century. Exhibitions highlight the European and international art scenes of the 20th century, as well as displaying monographic and thematic exhibitions of trends in today's art. Temporary exhibitions run every six weeks.[2]

Collections[edit]

The museum's permanent collection includes works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Raoul Dufy, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Rouault, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Francis Picabia, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio de Chirico, Kees van Dongen, Pierre Bonnard, Chaïm Soutine, André Derain, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, André Lhote, Robert Delaunay, Sonia Delaunay, František Kupka, Juan Gris, Hans Bellmer, René Iché, Jean Fautrier, Victor Brauner, Jean Arp, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Pierre Soulages, Nam June Paik, John Heartfield, Wolf Vostell, Robert Rauschenberg, Hannah Höch, Léon Delarbre, and others.

Gallery[edit]

Exhibition (Samples)[edit]

2010 theft[edit]

On 20 May 2010, the museum reported the overnight theft of five paintings from its collection. The paintings taken were Le pigeon aux petits pois (The Pigeon with the Peas) by Pablo Picasso, La Pastorale by Henri Matisse, L'Olivier Près de l'Estaque (Olive Tree near L'Estaque) by Georges Braque, La Femme à l'Éventail (fr) (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani and Nature Morte aux Chandeliers (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Léger and were valued at €100 million$123 million USD).[3][4] A window had been smashed and CCTV footage showed a masked man taking the paintings.[3] Authorities believe the thief acted alone.[5] The man carefully removed the paintings from their frames, which he left behind.[6]

Gallery of the stolen paintings[edit]

The theft is being investigated by the Brigade de Répression du Banditisme specialist unit of the French Police.[4] It is unclear why the alarm systems in the museum failed to detect the robbery, staff only noticing when they arrived at the museum just before 7:00 am.[4][7] The museum closed on 20 May 2010, citing "technical reasons".[6] The theft follows the $162 million heist of masterpieces by Cézanne, Degas, Van Gogh and Monet from Foundation E.G. Bührle in Zurich in February 2008 and could be one of the biggest art thefts in history (by value). It has been described as the "heist of the century".[5][8][9] The French auctioneer and president of the Association du Palais de Tokyo, Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr, commented, "These five paintings are unsellable, so thieves, sirs, you are imbeciles, now return them."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Priceless artworks stolen from Paris museum". Financial Times (Pearson PLC). 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (City Museum of Modern Art)". Yahoo! Travel. Yahoo!. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Hewage, Tim (20 May 2010). "Thief Steals Paintings In Paris Art Heist". Sky News. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Jones, Sam (20 May 2010). "Picasso and Matisse masterpieces stolen from Paris museum". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Matisse, Picasso and other masterpieces stolen from Paris museum". France 24. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Bremner, Charles (20 May 2010). "Masked thief steals masterpieces worth €500 million from Paris museum". The Times. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Five masterpieces stolen from Paris modern art museum". BBC News (BBC). 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Thieves steal works by Picasso, others in Paris". The Hindu. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "£430 million art stolen from Paris museum in 'heist of the century'". London Evening Standard. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 

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