With its high-profile exhibitions of artists established, little-known and emerging (especially in the Satellite programme), Jeu de Paume ties together different narrative strands, mixing the historic and the contemporary, oscillating between resonance and dissonance, and attracting a broad and diverse public.
Beyond its flagship building on Place de la Concorde, Paris, Jeu de Paume has developed a partnership with the city of Tours for the presentation of heritage exhibitions at the Château de Tours since 2010. These events showcase donations made to the state and archives kept by public and private institutions both in France and abroad in a programme designed to attract new categories of visitor around the region.
In addition to these two venues, exhibitions organised by Jeu de Paume are seen around the world thanks to collaboration, interaction and cooperation with other national or international institutions on the basis of mutual affinities.
Since 2007 Jeu de Paume has been working to develop its Internet presence and experimenting by developing a dedicated “virtual space” with a programme of special web-based projects and thematic shows entrusted to curators specialising in the digital arts.
Cinema programmes are devised to accompany many of the exhibitions, or simply to pay tribute to major figures of the independent filmmaking scene in France and abroad. Specialising in documentary, essay and autobiography, with an emphasis on previously unshown work, the programming helps bring filmmakers together with artists.
All activities at Jeu de Paume are driven by profound concerns with interdisciplinarity in the study of visual culture and images and with the reinvention of meaning in all fields of thought. Talks, seminars and symposia explore the questions and themes raised by the exhibitions, helping to open up new spaces for critical interaction.
Jeu de Paume’s modular space helps it respond to the different expectations arising from its activities and confirms its ambition to provide all its users with an active hub and resource centre for education in photographic imagery and the history of representation and the visual arts. Tours and courses, initiatives for students and teachers, and activities for families and young visitors, are the main planks of its didactic programme. The emphasis here is on participation rather than contemplation, exchange rather than the “colonisation of knowledge,” and sharing rather than the monopolisation of ideas. The Jeu de Paume programme at the Château de Tours also helps extend the dynamic of these educational activities regionally.
Le magazine, created on the internet in 2010, uses a range of resources (video, photo gallery, audio and text files) to extend the debate to the use of images in the digital era. Le magazine is a unique platform for artistic content, in-depth articles, virtual tours and portfolios. It is a web-based forum for dialogue between historians, philosophers, artists, curators, filmmakers, poets and the interested public.
Finally, Jeu de Paume has a quality bookshop dedicated to offering an ambitiously comprehensive selection of books and publications to further knowledge of the artists, photographers and filmmakers represented in the institution. It holds a permanent stock of some ten thousand titles on aesthetics, art history and theory, cinema, photography and the new technologies.
Jeu de Paume is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and is grateful for the support of Neuflize Vie, its global partner.
Its president is Alain Dominique Perrin and its director Marta Gili.
Jeu de Paume is a member of the Tram network
and of d.c.a, association française de développement des centres d'art.