There are great views from one of the sides of the centre.
The best way I can describe the modern art at the Centre Pomidou is to say that many of the pieces do not fit the traditional idea of what art is. I found the collection definately challenged my ideas of what art is or should be. There was only one piece that captured my imagination, which reminded me just how personal a thing art is.
I found it quite difficult to navigate around the centre and find what I was looking for.
All in all, I really enjoyed the view, but the artworks were not to my taste.
I'd only recommend visiting Centre Pompidou if very modern art is your thing, as there are plenty of other places where you can get nice views.
The Centre Pompidou is open every day from 11am to 10pm, except Tuesdays and May 1.
Adult entry is E$10.00
On the fourth and fifth floors of the Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg) is the French National Museum of Modern Art, which is said to be the second largest such museum in the world (after the Museum of Modern Art in New York).
In this photo, the painting on the left is Les Capétiens partout, painted in 1954 by Georges Mathieu.
The one on the right is called Sexe-Prime. Hommage à Jean-Pierre Brisset and was painted in 1955 by Simon Hantaï.
Second photo: This one has the fascinating title Trans-apparence du Verbe and was painted from 1977 to 1980 by the Chilean/French artist Matta, one of the surrealist artists who took refuge in the United States during the Second World War. He lived from 1911 to 2002.
Third photo: Entrance hall on the ground floor of the Centre Georges Pompidou.
Fourth photo: The facade, so to speak, of the Centre Georges Pompidou. This inside-out building was controversial at the time it was built, but has now been accepted, I would say, as a quintessential part of the Paris scene -- unlike Pompidou's other modernization projects such as the Montparnasse Tower, the expressway on the right bank of the Seine and the Forum Les Halles.
Fifth photo: Cyclists at the Centre Pompidou.
The plaza in front of the Centre Pompidou runs downhill at such an angle it makes the light poles and air vents and buildings appear at an angle. In the plaza you will find street artists and entertainers. One guy was bounding a ball onto a keyboard presumable creating music. But he was obviously in need of practice. But people were putting coins in his purse/bag as had as he was.
The building architecture is very unique. As you may heard about, everything is inside out. The escalators and colourful pipes are outside the building. Each colour can represent to the type of pipe, such as air-conditioning is blue, water is green, and electricity is yellow.
I didn't spend time much inside the building. I just walking around and see the trendy objects which are selling on the second floor.
I also get into the book store in there. It contains many of books about art and architecture. It's very interesting if you are searching for one.
The wide space in front of the building is also interesting. There are many people sit around and watch the shows by anonymous artist. If you don't have anything to do on Sunday. It's good to spent time here to take a rest and enjoy the shows.
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.
I could easily spend a day there.. To see the works of Mondrian, Warhol, Klee, Dali, Kandinsky,.. was a great bliss!
About the building itself also there are many things to say.. One of the masterpieces of Renzo Piano. There are blue, green, white tubes outside of the building. They are for air, water and transportation systems.. Should be seen!
From the top floor of the Centre Georges Pompidou you can look out over Paris in various directions.
Here we are looking west towards the Eiffel Tower.
Second photo: Looking northwest towards Forum Les Halles, with the skyscrapers of La Défense off in the distance. The round building in the center of the photo is the stock exchange, and the big church is Saint-Eustache.
Third photo: Looking north towards Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur.
Place Igor Stravinsky is filled with modern sculpture and street performers and the fountain itself will brighten your day. Colourful (and sometimes quite dark) sculptures revolve around continuously and its moderness contrasts wonderfully to the old buidings which form its backdrop. It was apparently conceived as an evocation of Stravinsky's music by two artists by the names of Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phale.
Situated right near the Pompidou Center, it is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a picnic or enjoy some eats at the many cafes close by.
Centre National D'Art t de Culture Georges Pompidou...was built by the project of architects Richard Rogers and Renso Piano, is considered one of the modernest and extraordinariest building in Paris.Finished in 1P.s.977 it represents so called "high-tech" style.
This place attracts thousands and thousands of tourists every year...
One of the most controversial [and problematic] aspects of Centre Pompidou [more frequently referred to as "Beauborg" for the area it is in] is the "inside out" utilities. All of the infrastructure is visible on the outside -- which, in a climate where it goes below freezing, seems a bit careless:) The building underwent a full renovation recently and one can only hope that they solved some of the technical problems!
Located at the Place Igor Stravinsky next to the Pompidou Center is the first modern fountain in Paris. Several modern kinetic sculptures can be found here. This a a great place to take pictures, relax, hang out and view modern art if you don't want to pay admission to the Pompidou Center.
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.
Its a very strange building everything is visible on the outside.Like elevators,stairs,air and waterpipes.The architects Richard Rogers,Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini have created a very special place fot the Musée National d'Art Moderne.
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.
This was an installation that was there in March 2001. Who knows what you will find there now??
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.