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As an arts lover in Paris, you’re spoilt for choice. But once you’ve ticked off all the major art museums and galleries – such as the Louvre and Musée D’Orsay – you might want to explore some of the lesser-known options in the city with the added bonus of avoiding long queues, crowds, and sometimes even entry fees. Here’s our guide to arts off the beaten track:

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best art galleries off the beaten trackPalais De Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo

Constructed in 1937 for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, Palais de Tokyo was designed to house the modern art collections of both the French state and the city of Paris. During World War II, its basement was used to store pillaged Jewish goods and property. Superseded in its original purpose by the opening of Centre Pompidou, the building was eventually gutted and abandoned. The Palais de Tokyo as we now know it was inaugurated in 2002.

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The monumental museum has retained its raw, exposed, béton brut look in vast contrast to the ubiquity of white cube galleries we see elsewhere today. There is no real path or direction around the museum, allowing visitors to wander and explore freely, to the point that you wonder whether youre supposed to be in certain spaces. For those fascinated by urban decline and decay, you’ll find it here, particularly in the dark, labyrinth-like basement.

Palais de Tokyo introduces visitors to a vast array of emerging artists from France and beyond. It also features an impressive bookstore, two restaurants – Monsieur Bleu and the newly opened Les Grands Verres (by the group behind  Candelaria, Glass and Mary Celeste) – and a nightclub – The Yoyo.

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best art galleries off the beaten trackCerith Wyn Evans at Marian Goodman Gallery – Ali Postma

Marian Goodman Gallery

If you really want to escape the crowds or youre on a budget, head to some of the small private galleries in Paris such as Marian Goodman Gallery, where entry is free. Located in the historic Hôtel Montmort in the 3rd arrondissement, dont be intimated by the large wooden doors and the fact that you have to press the buzzer to enter. Escape the crowds of Rue du Temple and step into the quiet, peaceful space within.

Marian Goodman has galleries in London, New York and Paris, representing big-name artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Pierre Huyghe (whose work is currently on view at Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia as part of this years Venice Biennale), Annette Messager, Gerhard Richter, Jeff Wall and Francesca Woodman.

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best art galleries off the beaten trackGalerie Perrotin – Ali Postma

Galerie Perrotin

While youre at Marian Goodman, pop into Galerie Perrotin, another private gallery also located in the 3rd arrondissement. Perrotin has galleries in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul. Galerie Perrotin represents artists such as Sophie Calle, Paolo Pivi, Takashi Murakami and the famous French street artist JR.

Located in a courtyard off Rue de Turenne, enter via the grand double staircase. The gallery is large enough to host two exhibitions at the same time, with two levels, multiple rooms, and a separate building behind on Impasse Saint Claude.

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best art galleries off the beaten trackGalerie Perrotin – Ali Postma

Currently on show are amazing exhibitions by Argentinian artist Julio le Parc and American artist Daniel Arsham. Like Marian Goodman Gallery, entry is free.

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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at Monash and The University of Melbourn. She has worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she has a particular interest French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Ali has lived in Paris since 2016 and has written extensively on art, food, beauty and more. Her work has in publications including BW Confidential, Oh My Mag, and HIP Paris.

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