Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, today welcomed Olivier Kaeppelin and praised the work accomplished by this Commissioner at the Palais de Tokyo. He took note of his wish to join the Maeght Foundation.

During the two years of his mission, Olivier Kaeppelin notably
the implementation of the new statutes of the Palais de Tokyo,
the detailed development of his scientific project and the smooth running
the architectural competition for its renovation.

Work, worth 20 million, will start in June and
will allow the Palais de Tokyo to open in April 2012 on a
area doubled, of nearly 20.000 m² on 4 levels. This
rehabilitation is conducted by the agency Lacaton and Vassal. The
is entrusted to the Direction générale de la création

Thanks to these new spaces, the Palais de Tokyo
concerns all aspects of contemporary creation, will develop
an ambitious exhibition policy of the confirmed creators of the
in accordance with the commitment of the Ministry of
Culture and Communication.

The Minister will designate the President of the new Palais de Tokyo in
in the coming weeks.