Pompidou Centre Paris France National Museum of Modern Art

Officially called the Georges Pompidou National Centre of Art and Culture. This is one of most frequently visited locations of Paris as it displays the works of painters and sculptors of the late 1800's and the 1900's in the National Museum of Modern Art. The Pompidou Centre also houses a public library and music and industrial design centres.


Pompidou Centre - Paris Exhibition Center

The centre was the idea of the French President, Georges Pompidou who wanted to create a modern place where visual arts mixed with theatre, music, cinema, books and the spoken word. It was given a mission to focus on contemporary and modern creation in an interdisciplinary manner, thus 30 or so exhibitions are annually organized on top of the documentaries, symposiums, conferences and dance performances normally scheduled.

From the side including the childrens play park

With over 6 million visitors, its 80000 square metres of space are occupied by a leading collection of contemporary and modern art, cinema and performance halls, a musical research institute and educational activity areas.

Two youthful international architects, the Italian R. Penzo and the British R. Rodgers, appropriately won a competition based on criteria such as freedom of movement, flow and open exhibition areas. Its most unique characteristic is the presence of the mechanisms required for moving around or in and out of the centre, such as escalators, outside the centre itself.

A clear picture of this massive structure again from the front

On the west facade are the structure's insides represented in four colours: blue for air, green for fluids, yellow for electrical tubes and red for flow. Not only are visitors confronted by this colourful vision, but also as the facade is transparent as well, one can see into the centre and see its occupants move around. The child friendly piazza just outside the centre is an extension of its spirit and links city to centre.

Picture of the pompidou centre from the front looking up the stairsUnfortunately, as so many people wanted to experience this uniqueness, that the building had to be closed for 2.5 years for renovations. During this period, extra space was added by moving the offices outside the building. It appropriately reopened on the New Year's Day in 2000 to usher in the new millennium.

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