The Jeu de Paume is an iconic cultural institution located in the Tuileries Gardens. It has gained an international reputation as an art centre that exhibits and promotes all forms of mechanical and electronic imagery (photography, cinema, video, installation, online creation, etc.) from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With its high-profile exhibitions of established, little-known and emerging artists (especially via the Satellite program), this venue ties together different narrative strands, mixing the historic and the contemporary. Built under Napoleon III in the spectacular Tuileries Gardens 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 photography and the image since 2004.