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Un palais pour deux musées d’art moderne

Abstract : Taking its name from the quai de Tokio, the embankment that separates it from the Seine, the Palais de Tokyo is one of the rare structures of the 1937 exposition international that was built to last. Drawn up according to an innovative concept in museum design by Louis Hautecoeur, the Palais de Tokyo was intended to become the premier Franch museum for Modern Art. The winning design for the project, by the architectural team of Dondel, Aubert, Viard and Dasturgue, combined a reinforced-concrete "free plan" (structure poteau-poutre-dalle, or column-beam-slab structure), and the French tradition of palais architecture. The design spaked heated debate in the pages of modernist architecture reviews, which decried its academicism. Depsite a series of renovations and remodelings that began as soon as the exposition internationale ended, the building would be the target of repeated criticism over the following decades.
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Jean-Baptiste Minnaert. Un palais pour deux musées d’art moderne. Palais, Palais de Tokyo, 2012, L'histoire du Palais de Tokyo depuis 1937, pp.22-35. ⟨halshs-01176943⟩



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