Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

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    Driving past the centre
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    Musée national d'Art Moderne

    by facet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Centre Pompidou

    The National Museum of Modern Art is housed on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Centre Georges Pompidou and focuses on 20th century and contemporary art. All the major art movements of the 20th century are represented, including Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism. Look out for works by Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky and Modigliani.

    The museum is open every day (except Tuesdays) from 11h00 to 21h00.

    Entrance fee: 10 euros

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    Modern Art

    by TimDaoust Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Centre Georges Pompidou was quite fun. There are loads of different exhibits here at different times. Instead of seeing them, we chose to see their permanent collection which they had reorganized thematically instead of chronoglogically. The structure of the building itself is also incredible, as it is all pipes exposed and glass enclosed escalators that afford you some magnificient views on the way up, comparable to the Eiffel and Montparnasse Towers. give yourself some time here if you plan on seeing the visiting exhibits in addition to the permanent collections. There are several cafe's nearby, as well as one inside the museum, so take a break if you need to.

    Also, try and check out IRCAM, a musical research facility just around the corner and still a part of the Pompidou center. Here they develop experimental music software and there are interactive sessions as well as concerts to be seen. Check the schedule ahead of time to make sure there will be something going on.

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    What a conversation starter!

    by Colzy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A work by Picasso

    This museum certainly made for some interesting discussions... what constitutes good art and the like conversations abounded. It contains the largest collection of modern art in the world with some 40 000 pieces. Set aside at least half a day wandering through this vast and consuming complex. I feasted my eyes on works by artists such as Matisse and Picasso as well as hundreds of other thought provoking pieces.

    This museum opened in 1979 to much controversy apparently. I assume this was largely due to the unconventional nature of the building which I can best explain by saying it looks like a building inside out. Parts of the building that serve specific functions are painted a distinctive colour which conrasts heavily with the others. For example, tubing for air is blue, green for water, yellow for electricity and red for the elevators. Makes for a very interesting effect.

    Views from inside the museum of the Paris skyline are nothing short of fabulous and there are some nice photo opportunities with the sharp lines of some modern art pieces contrasting with the classic Paris skyline.

    A ticket will set you back about 10 Euro and is the museum is open every day, except Tuesdays and May 1, 11am-10pm

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    Beauborg" [Museums IV]: Modern "art"

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    books on chains

    This was an installation that was there in March 2001. Who knows what you will find there now??
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    Despite the lack of practicality of placing the pipes on the outside of a building -- I mean do you REALLY want to think about it? I'm one of those people who likes the building. The escalator is a wonderful way to enter the galleries.

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    Centre Pompidou

    by ingridf_nl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We had a wonderful meander through the fantastic modern art gallery in Centre Pompidou. An incredible mix of pieces.

    Watch out for a security guard prone to "tsking" if you get too near anything though. I almost laughed out loud when I heard a sudden battery of "TSK TSK TSK" Arnout had mistakenly walked too close to a sculpture. All of a sudden it seemed that my grandmother was there!

    In front of the gallery, people were relaxing along the embankment while musicians played, children laughed, ... you get the picture. Very lovely.

    Restaurant George at the top of Centre Pompidou has much to recommend it. We went there for lunch and every bite was heaven. The view of Paris is also outstanding.

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    Visit Centre Pompidou

    by Lemonita Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a modern art museum and exhibitions of collections are held here. For instance, there was a beautiful surrealist exhibition from March to June 2002.

    Also, check out the weird statues (made by Nikki St Phalle) outside of Centre Pompidou (see pic and travelogue)

    You can check out their current exhibition program on their website : http://www.cnac-gp.fr/Pompidou/Home.nsf/docs/fhome

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    Art attack

    by themajor Written Sep 28, 2010

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    Don't mind if I Pompidou!
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    The Centre Pompidou long enjoyed a reputation as a haven for modern art aficianados. It exploded onto the scene back in 1977 when, far from being welcomed with open arms, it came under fire for using the British architect Richard Rogers to create what was seen by many as the vanity project of the French president Georges Pompidou. It was one of the first of many subsequent museum buildings to make a statement equal to the art it was designed to contain. Love it or hate it, you couldn't help but notice it. A building that wore it's heart on it's sleeve and it's insides on the outside!

    Now of course it is an icon in it's own right. Perhaps a slightly tatty icon in places but still well worth a visit. But you've got to love modern art...or at least enjoy getting annoyed about it! And if you tire of chewing up the carpets then there are a number of cafe outlets and restaurants where you can bite something rather more tasty.

    Go for the art or go for the building...but go!

    TICKETS TO MUSEUM & EXHIBITIONS:

    Adult €12 or €10 depending on the period / concessions €9 or €8 depending on the period
    11am to 9pm, (last admissions 8pm). Night openings for main exhibitions

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    Hidden Treasure near Pompidou Center

    by footstool Updated Sep 23, 2009

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    Le Defense du Temps
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    Le Defenseur du Temps was created in 1975 by Jacques Monestier. It depicts Man valiantly battling the beasts of time. Tucked away in, what looks to be, a small business center/condo development northwest of Pompidou Center, there is no entry fee or charge to view it. I believe it is on a private mall-type property. One should always carry a compass! The clock is supposed to move on the hour. [It reminds me of the wondrous Delacorte Clock in Central Park, just outside the Zoo.] Unfortunately, as I noticed that the clock's hands were frozen, a nearby German tourist said to me, "Ze clock iss kaput." Yet it was worth the half-day it took to hunt down this local landmark, which you will not find in the typical guidebook, or on the garden-variety hop-on hop-off tour. I give credit to my VT buddy beatchick for informing me of this jewel. The plaque reads: Horloge a automates commandee par la cogedim a Jacques Monestier en 1975. Inauguree le 8 October 1979 par le maire de Paris Jacques Chirac." J'ai deux'amours!

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  • Love it or hate it, they say...

    by mattalthor Updated May 30, 2009

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    I hated it. Boring.

    And street vendors wont take no for an answer re drawings...they said they would do mine for free if my mate paid for his, as they could use mine for demo! Yeah right, and when finished, theyd be demanding money!

    The pond with the red lips is quite funny though

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    La Centre Georges Pompidou

    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 15, 2008

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    La Centre Pompidou
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    The architectural team of Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Gianfranco Franchini designed this unique "inside-out" building, which opened in 1977. Named for President Georges Pompidou, who succeded Charles De Gualle, it houses the National Center of Art and Culture. In addition to the art collections, the building itself is quite a curiousity, one of the few modern buildings in the city center. The view from the top is excellent.

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    the most important modern art museum

    by Lili.Mont Written Sep 11, 2008

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    contemporary art
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    this is an exposition of modern and contemporary art(plastic arts,architucture,desighn,painting,live performance,cinema...) with a large library & bookshop.the architecture is represents its modern interior collections,desighned by Renzo Piano & Richard Roger(see picture2),opened to the public in 1977.it has 5 vast levels with panoramic runways & rooftop view where you have a unrivaled landscape of paris.(see picture3)
    *museé national d'art moderne(national museum of modern art):level 4,5,presents more than 1300 works.there are rooms devoted to the artists like Kandinsky room,Matisse room,Picasso room(see picture4)&... next to the collections of conceptual arts,minimal arts,etc.World Rooms are also presents african,chinese,japanese and american arts.
    there are some exhibitions and galleries also on the 1st level.this summer,gallery1,had presented "Traces du Sacré "a phenomenal collection,the works about the relationship between modern art and spirituality in the western world(see picture5) with this slagon:"LE MONDE EST SACRÉ,PARTOUT EST SACRÉ"(the world is sacred,every where is sacred).they had gave a party for gods and the gods all had came!there,i saw some works of Kandinsky,Emil Nolde,Mark Rothko,...

    entrance fee:
    museum&exhibitions: €12
    cinemas:€6
    Shows, concert €18/14

    opening hours:11 am-9 pm(exept tuesdaus)

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    Second biggest museum of modern art in a world

    by aquatic Written Aug 8, 2008

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    Pompidu Center

    It's fun just walk around in this building.
    But don't forget, on the 4th and 5th level there is a permanent collection of modern art which is only second to MOMA in NY.
    It is pretty big and it takes time to see everything in permanent collection. Allow yourself some 3-4 hours at least.
    Remember, that on the first Sunday of the month you can enter most of the museums in Paris free. I managed to go to 4 of them.

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    Musee national d'art moderne

    by Jefie Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    Centre Georges-Pompidou, in Paris
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    This museum is definitely as modern as its collections! Inaugurated in 1977, it is said to have revolutionarized the architectural world, although the colorful collection of pipes that adorns the building has also had its fair share of detractors. To be honest, in my opinion, the pipes are so ugly they become beautiful, does that make any sense?

    The Pompidou Center houses different institutions, including a vast public library and a centre for music and acoustic research, but the majority of visitors are mostly interested in the National Modern Art Museum, which is located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Center. Over a thousand works of art by artists such as Picasso, Miro, Matisse, Kandinsky, Dali and Pollock are on display. There is also a nice rooftop cafe that offers an enjoyable view of the city in a strikingly different setting.

    Admission to the museum costs 8 Euros (but you can use your Museum Pass to see the permanent collection). The museum is closed on Tuesdays, but it is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday, which makes it the only museum open at night on a daily basis.

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    futuristic, industrial?

    by uglyscot Updated May 1, 2008

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    Georges Pompidou Centre
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    Centre Georges Pompidou to me is a monstrosity. It looks like some multicoloured factory building, and does nothing to blend in with the buildings around it. Each side has a different look, but none are attractive. The side on the main road is all coloured piping. The front has escalators in plastic/glass tubes worming their way up the building. Nearby is an animated fountain.
    However, it seems to be popular as the queues waiting to get in testify. As a result I cannot comment on the contents and art inside.
    It was built 1972-6 and opened on January 31 1977.

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    Forum of the Central market

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 17, 2008

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    Paris - Forum of the Central market

    There is a Forum of the Central market near Pompidou's Center. It was constructed in the end of 1970th at a place of the huge market settled down here once. It was named " a belly of Paris " by Emile Zola.

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