Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

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    Centre Georges Pompidou

    by MM212 Updated Nov 19, 2007

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    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.

    Centre Georges Pompidou, Sep 2007 Class of modern & old, Sep 2007 Pipes galore, Nov 2007 November 2007
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    Museum of Modern Art?

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 17, 2007

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    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.

    That is the stairs up/down Means what to you Peter Klasen art circa 1935 Art to figure out if it is dead Colorful mosaic
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    Centre Georges Pompidou

    by mileslunn Written Nov 4, 2007

    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.

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    Inside out!

    by smirnofforiginal Written Apr 30, 2007

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    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!

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    Inside - out bulding!

    by firestart Written Apr 8, 2007

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    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

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    Centre Georges Pompidou

    by sim1 Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    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

    Centre Georges Pompidou Street artists at the Centre Georges Pompidou
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    Views from the rooftop, museum and library

    by sachara Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    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.

    rooftop Georges Pompidou rooftop Georges Pompidou Africa Remix, summer 2005 Africa Remix, summer 2005 view from the rooftop to the west
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    Avant Garde Pompidou

    by fishandchips Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    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.

    Weird Architechture of the Pompidou
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    Pompidou Center - Inside Out Building

    by SLLiew Written Aug 8, 2006

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    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.

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    Only for modern art lovers

    by nina_z Written Aug 8, 2006

    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.

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    Place Georges Pompidou

    by sachara Updated May 23, 2006

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    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.

    Place de Georges Pompidou
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    Centre Pompidou

    by BeatChick Updated May 12, 2006

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    Centre Georges Pompidou, popularly called le Beaubourg by the Parisians, is THE center for modern art in Paris. A ride up the escalator famously reveals fantastic panoramas of Paris while the Place Beaubourg out front is always packed and is a great place for people-watching.

    It's equally famous for its inside-out architecture, with its exposed innards painted in the different colors for the electrical, venting and other systems. I just loved that they placed all of this on the outside of the building which allows more space for the expositions on the inside!

    Nearby is the Seuss-like Place Igor Stravinsky with its wonderfully eclectic Tinguely & de St-Phalle sculptures sitting in the central fountain, which is a great place to bring kids.

    If you're hungry, stop by Dame Tartine for one of their Croque Monsieurs or tartines (open-faced sandwiches) and a glass of wine, for which they're justly famous.

    I love the ad for the Martin Scorsese perspective!

    Photo: February 2006

    Centre Pompidou & it's famed escalator! Centre Pompidou's innards Parc de Belleville - view of Centre Pompidou
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    Pompidou Center - View From the Top (3 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written May 4, 2006

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    After ascending to the top floor it is tempting to head straight for the art museum or perhaps into the restaurant "the Georges". Take a minute and check out the views of the rooftops of Paris and the great monuments and churches beyond. On a clear day you can see forever.

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    Pompidou Center - An Affront to Paris (3 photos)

    by nicolaitan Written May 4, 2006

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    The George Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture is located in the Beaubourg district of Paris and frequently called by that name. It was designed by Renzo Piano (Italy) and Richard Rodgers (UK) based on a concept of bringing art and culture to "the man in the street" fostered by President Pompidou after whom it is named. Critics damned the new building as an 'oil refinery' and 'an affront' to the community. Its construction is inside out with all the support systems outside the main columns. Designed as a huge transparent box through which steel columns are visible, the external mechanical systems included elevators - red, escalators - clear plastic tunnels, and tubes for air = blue, water - green, and electricity - yellow. The upper floor contain the national art museum, with the national library on the lower floors. The top 6th floor houses a restaurant. Theatres, movie houses, and a musical research center also occupy this building. It has become a most popular destination for its art museum averaging 26000 daily visitors and over 160 million total. The fixed collection includes works by Picasso, Magritte, Chagall, Matisse and others. There are also featured guest exhibitions from all over the world. This is one museum where the cover is as interesting at the contents. In front is a plaza where the best humorists, mimes, and jugglers come from all over Europe to perform - this central plaza dates from the Middle Ages.

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    An odd thing indeed...

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    The Pompidou Arts Centre

    Do you remember at school, that there was always one child who seemed to wear his (it was always a he) his clothes inside out, and odd socks ? No ?, Just me then.

    Anyway, the architectural equilvalent of this 'odd child' is this 1970's creation of Rogers and Piano. All the 'gubbins' of the building are on the outside. It created a storm when it opened, but is now almost considered ordinary.

    Sourbugger doesn't care much for the modern arty-farty stuff that fill the place, but at least if you like esculators you can ascend to the top floor for a good (and FREE) view of Paris.

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