Jeu de Paume
Spirit of place

Built under Napoleon III in the spectacular Tuileries Garden to house an indoor sports court, the Jeu de Paume has hosted exhibitions since the early 20th century, and contemporary art was first displayed here in 1922.

Works of art confiscated from Jewish families were stored and sorted in it during the German Occupation, when it became the nexus of activities that would have remained unknown had it not been for the determination of the assistant curator Rose Valland.

After WWII, it housed the famous Impressionist Museum until 1986, before being completely renovated by the architect Antoine Stinco, and becoming a contemporary arts centre in 1991. It has been a major venue for showcasing photography and the image since 2004.

Published by Jeu de Paume (Paris) and Scala (Lyon).
Texts by Françoise Bonnefoy.
64 pages, 6,50 euros.

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