The Centre Pompidou houses the Musee d'Art Moderne of France and also has working areas for students and researchers. It is surrounded by open spaces : a parvis, the Place and Fontaine Stravinski and a circus-like atmosphere in keeping with its "different" exterior (Renzo Piano's masterpiece). The holdings are arranged by artistic periods of the 20C. We are not heavy on this period and have not been back since it was rearranged (and cannot identify these shots which we liked; we think one is a rare Modigliani sculpture)
The Stravinsky Fountain is in the Place of the same name. It is situated between the Centre Georges-Pompidou (housing the Musee National d’Art Moderne) and the church of Saint-Merri whose facade is seen in the picture background. The site seems to be a meeting place for young mothers because during the day there are lots of baby carriages and small children here. The Fountain was created by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle in 1983. It represents the composer's works such as the Firebird and Rites of Spring, but I do not see them.
This was the place to hang out way back before 2000. Pictures back then also showed folks hanging around waiting for the century to begin. There was 391 million minutes left to get to 2000. Compute when this was taken. We are senior citizens now, middle senior then.
With its intertwined tubes and bright colours, Centre Georges Pompidou was considered the most controversial structure in Paris when it was built in the 1970s. Although the debate continues to this day, most Parisians have accepted its existence and some even praise it. This cultural complex houses a modern art museum (le Musée national d'art moderne), an exhibition hall, a library, and a center for music research. Le Centre Georges Pompidou is located between Les Halles and le Marais district in the heart of Paris.
This was a working studio of artist from Romania called Brancusi. He used it for his artworks and also assisted up and coming artists to develop. The structure looks half done and half bizzare. I guess I get the point. Everyone has their own cultural vent. In 1979 this opened as a modern art museum, and I recall even over in the US, people were upset, disappointed and outraged such a building would be used for that. I guess it took on now, and things have quited down. YOU can nerly see through the building, and not enough time permitted to go inside for more deail. Around this building is warehouses, storage facilities and other neat and different things, like a comedy sculpture close by, and government building, etc.
Named in honour of former French president Georges Pompidou the centre Georges Pompidou houses a large library and the Musee National de l'arte Moderne. Despite being over 30 years old, the building will look like it is still under construction from the outside. I have seen the outside, but have not been inside.
In order to keep the exhibtion halls as spacious as possible the Italian archetects literally put the buildings insides on the outside - ducts, pipes, vents and all! Then they colour coded everything - escalators & lifts in red, electrics in yellow, plumbing in green and the air conditioning in blue.
There's a lot going on inside but the building is a work of art in itself and is worth a visit to see. In the plaza there is the mechanical founatins complete with skeletons, dragons, lips.... anywhere else it might look a little bizarre, but here.... wel, it's the perfect setting really!
I came here at 8 am, on sunday morning, and there were about 400 people waiting their turn to enter, this is crazy! But even without entering, you can enjoy a relaxing walk around the center, with many souvenirs and arts shop, and nice and polite people
What drove me towards the Centre Georges Pompidou was more the outside then the inside of the building. I had heard so much about the architecture of this huge modern and contemporary art museum that I just had to see it for myself. The architects (Richard Roger, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchin) literally turned the building inside out, placing all the framework, pipes, escalators, and structures on the outside. The effect is a mish mash of steel and glass, and a very unusual look to it. Did I like it? I actually don't know. I can't say I hated it, but I can't say I loved it either. Maybe 'interesting' would be the right word. Around the Centre Georges Pompidou you can see quite a few street artists, like these Mongolian Musicians in the second picture.
As modern and contemporary art isn't really my thing, I didn't go inside. But maybe I am the exception, as the museum draws in huge crowds every year. Millions of visitors admire the works of Matisse, Picasso and Miró. On their website you can find everything about opening times, entrance fee, the art works, and even read about the architecture of the building: www.centrepompidou.fr
I visited the Cente Pompidou, or with its full name 'The Centre National d' Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou' several times.
My favourite part is the 'Musée National d'Art Moderne', where you can find the French national art collection of the 20th century like pop art, cubists, surrealists, Fauvists. So you can find famous artworks of Braque, Matisse and Miro.
There are also three galleries, where I saw several exhibitions of contemporary art with some impressive installations. In summer 2005 I visited the interesting exhibition Africa Remix with contemporary African art.
For opening hours, entrance fees and actual exhibitions have a look at the website.
Besides the exhibitions I spent also hours in the library, the 'Bibliothéque Publique d' Information', just curious about the huge amount of manuscripts and books, but also for some historical and genealogical research.
At the groundfloor is a bookshop and at the rooftop is a restaurant. From the roof you have stunning panoramic views at Paris.
I always enjoy visiting this fountain on the south side of the Centre Pompidou. It is in the Place Igor Stravinsky, and many people do not realise that the figures are based on his works. It is dominated by a huge Firebird, but the other figures are also inspired by him.
The fountain is the work of Niki de St Phalle and her husband Jean Tinguely. Niki created the colourful polystyrene figures and Jean the works in metal.
Sadly her creations in polystyrene were eventually the cause of her death; she died of emphysema in 2002.
Warning : if you want to get close to take photos, check the direction of the wind first! Any gust will see passers by drenched by the spray!
As I understand it, in the 1970s this place was labled "the most avant-garde building in the world". The building was down to the ideas of former president Georges Pompidou hence his name being attached. It opened in 1977 and became the focus of a bit of controversy. You can see why with its brightly painted pipes and ducts crisscrossing its transparent facade (green for water, red for heat, blue for air, yellow for electricity).
Problem was the building quickly deteriorated and a major restoration was needed. The work apparently added 450 sq. m of exhibit space plus a rooftop restaurant and some other stuff including rooms for film screenings and performances.
The Centre Pompidou encompasses five attractions. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Bibliothèque Information Publique, Centre de Création Industriel, Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique-Musique and the Atelier Brancusi.
It is very big and really worth the time if you have it. Visit the website below for more comprehensive info.
Having studied architecture, I had to visit this building which made headlines with its innovative design of leaving all piping, services and facilities exposed and an part of decorativon instead of hidden. It is now so common with our hypermarkets but it was shocking then. So a must visit pilgrimage for those who are into history of architecture.
A great view of Paris.
I didn't enjoy this museum much as I'm more into other art styles but if you're a devoted modern art fan this is the one. They have a permanent collection but also a number of exhibitions throughout the year. Check their website.
At the westside of Centre Pompidou, the side of the eyecatching red escalator, is the Place Georges Pompidou. At the edge of the Place you see some giant grey tubes.
Especially at sunny days it's always busy at the Place Georges Pompidou and surrounding pedestrian streets. A lot of people, inhabitants of Paris and tourists, look at the many performances of street artists like stand-up comedians, mime artists, musicians and jugglers.