Musée National d’Art Moderne

Musee National d’Art Moderne serves as France’s national museum of modern art. This museum is different from Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, although a lot of tourists mistake them as one and the same. This museum is unmistakably the abode of France’s modern and contemporary artists. Many of today’s promising painters hope to get their work displayed in one of its art galleries, along with their legacy.


Situated at Centre Pompidou in Paris, this museum of modern art is open every day except Tuesdays from 11am to 9pm. Within its premises is a public reading space, a performances centre, a cinema, and a symposium hall.


Musee National d’Art Moderne is conceptualized as the museum where the works of living artists will be enshrined 10 years after their death. While the plan for the construction of the said museum started in 1937, it only opened its doors in 1977 at its present location.

Since its opening, France’s national museum of modern art has amassed more than 100,000 works made by 6,400 modern and contemporary artists hailing from 90 countries. The collections that are housed in its art galleries date back to 1905. They include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, cinema, architecture, design, and new media.

Main Exhibitions

The art pieces housed at the Musee National d’Art Moderne are classified into two groups such as the works of modern artists and the works of contemporary artists. The Modern Art group spans from 1905 to 1960 and it includes paintings influenced by Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Art. The Contemporary art category, on the other hand, includes art pieces from 1960 up to the present.These are the paintings and pieces that belong under the Pop Art, Conceptual Art, and Nouveau Realisme movements.

Photo caption: Musee National d’Art Moderne interior

Main Artworks

There are many artworks presently on display in this museum of modern art in France, with all of them showcasing varied styles and influences. Some of the most popular paintings made by modern artists displayed in its art galleries are Herni Mastisse’s ‘Woman Reading’ (1894), Pablo Picasso’s ‘Parade’ (1917), Jean Metzinger’s ‘Etude Pour le Gouter’ (1911), and Robert Delaunay’s ‘Paysage au disque’ (1906). For the works of contemporary artists, the famous ones include Tim Maul’s ‘Traces & Presences’ (1989), Paul Sietsema’s ‘Empire’ (2002), and Joe Colombo’s ‘Fauteuil La Sella’ (1963).

Photo caption: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Parade’ (1917)

Main Artists

Aside from the modern and contemporary artists listed above, a few of the most notable painters with collections on display at the Musee National d’Art Moderne are Francis Picabia, Georges Braque, Vassily Kandinsky, Theo van Doesburg, Man Ray, and Eli Lotar.

Photo caption: Henri Matisse’s ‘Woman Reading’ (1894)

Photo caption: Jean Metzinger’s ‘Etude Pour le Gouter’ (1911)