The third best art museum of Paris, this museum contains art from 1905 to 1960. The collection ranges from post impressionist like Matisse to Dali to Warhol. The museum is extensive but not as overwhelming as the Louvre.
The Pompidou centre houses a collection of modern and contemporary art that is unique in Europe, including masterpieces of Kandinsky, Picasso, Leger, Mirò, Dali and Matisse. This stunning architectural showcase also offers a spectacular view of Paris.
The Centre is an idea of Georges Pompidou, president of the country betwen 1969 and 1974. He wanted to create in the heart of the city a cultural centre totally dedicated to the various disciplines of modern art.
Museum Pass gives access to the museum but not to the Galleries.
Open from 11 to 21 closed on tuesday
I have always been fascinated with the Pompideau Center. It's odd looking and screams at you to get your attention. I did not know a lot about it's history when I returned to Paris in 2008 and decided to visit it. Here is what I found out about the actual building.
In 1971 a competition for this new cultural center attracted 650 entries. The winning project, submitted by the architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini broke with architectural conventions by moving functional elements such as escalators, water pipes and air conditioning to the outside of the building, freeing interior space for the display of art works. The pipes and ducts are all color-coded: blue for air, green for water, red for elevators, yellow for electricity, gray for corridors and white for the building itself.
So that explains it's odd appearance that attracted me to it. But I did not get to really visit it after I located it because it became the scene of my big fall. It was my last day in Paris before returning home. I was so facinated looking at the out side of the building that I fell down a set of concrete steps next to the building. I literally fell down the steps and slid down on to the square in front of the building. I saved my camera and my glasses in one hand but slit the other hand open and had blood streaming down my arm. It looked much worse that it actually was but I was still quite scared for a few moments. So instead of exploring the Pompideau Center I had to go to a near by cafe to ask for some ice for my hand and the restroom to clean myself up. I took this photo from the cafe as I sat calming myself down.
Before visiting the Centre Pompidou I had followed the architectural controversy in the French media so that on my visit in the 1980s I expected to find something that looked like my photo.
I'm fond of petrochemical plants and admire chemical engineers who starting from a reaction developed in a small lab apparatus build a chemical plant extending on more than a sq. Km.
Beaubourg was therefore a deception "this is not a chemical plant" Magritte would have said.
Now about the collections: there are about 100.000 works, covering the whole range from painting to architecture, through photography, cinema, new media, sculpture and design.
The works on view, about 1500, are alternated.
Modern art from 1905 to 1960 is on display on level 5. Here I found some good things from Braque, Kandinsky, Matisse, Miro, Picasso ("La Liseuse" and "Arlequin" from the 1920s), Rouault.
On level 4 are the contemporary art creations from 1960 to the present.
The Modern collection (1905-1980) is CLOSED until 27 May!
On level 4 are the contemporary art creations from 1960 to the present.
The artistic qualities of contemporary art (such as Koons, Duchamps and others) are not clear to me in spite of my willingness to become a member of the club of initiated amateurs.
Over the years I came to think that contemporary art comprises little art and much decoration or eccentricities. The contemporary art is like a religion; one does believe or does not believe.
To say it in another way: "Des goûts et des couleurs on ne discute pas - there is no accounting for taste - De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum."
There are 3,6 million visitors/year what makes the Centre Pompidou the third most visited destination in France after the Tour Eiffel and the Louvre. Do they come back for a second visit?
No, it is not a factory. No, it is not a docked ship.
It is a large and modern cultural center, housing the biggest museum of modern art, a public library, and a research centre for music and acoustic effects.
It is open since 1977, and it is one of the most visited places in Paris since then.
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.
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.
For over two years I bother to visit this place about which I knew almost nothing but of which I feel everything.
Due to an unwanted happening, I finally got to see it now ...
It's more than I could imagine, it's a sad story of a Romanian's life, walked over the World in search of The Light or destiny and fulfillment ... the same then as now.
Brancusi is still alive there, in his studio, surrounded by his creation in the sight of visitors more or less informed, sometimes intrigued or just checking in a hurry the museum's name on a list of "must see" which is telling them nothing.
I trickled around the workshop, breathing together with Mademoiselle Pogany, with sleeping babies and / or muses, with Prometeus, between sophisticated or X princesses, among birds in space and Roosters and the trill of Maiastra.
I saw my face reflected in pure faces of new born babies and I felt much more fulfilled than in the Rodin Museum. Rodin was a metalworker paid for the weight of the cast metal -Brancusi was...Brancusi is- THE SCULPTOR
This workshop is just another place in the World where I needed to tell everyone again and again where I came from ... the hills white of blossomed plum trees in Maneciu ..
This is how Brancusi lived (his bed on the left-first photo), surrounded by his creations in wood, bronze and stone. He re-created his World following his rules, capturing not birds but THE FLIGHT, not births but The EGG, not roosters but messengers of the underworld, not children but muses, not bodies but the idea of bodies... a World beautifully finished, a perfect World.
This is mainly an art centre with emphasis on modern art. The architecture is what makes the museum unique. The design was to maximise movement by freeing up internal space. This was done by building the ducts and conveyance systems (stairs, elevators etc.) on the outside.
Those ducts are colour-coded i.e. blue for air; green for fluids; yellow for electricity cables; and red for movement and flow (elevators) and safety (fire extinguishers).
Modern art is not really to my liking, I can stomach Andy Warhol or Pablo Picasso or Joan Miro but when I start getting into those sections of the museum where there's a blank white canvas or if I could produce it, with my artistic talents having been arrested shortly after stick figures, I maintain that it simply is not art and that someone is having a good chuckle over someone actually paying them for a piece of junk that my cat could produce.
But when you travel with others, sometimes you have to compromise and go where someone else wants to go. I tried valiantly to not shuffle my feet, groan audibly or scoff outloud. But the visual assault starts before you even enter the building, the building itself a blight on the otherwise classy city of Paris. And the layout of the art seemed confusing and for such a well known museum, there wasn't any outstanding works, at least not according to my art student niece who was also disappointed.
This modern art museum is the only one in the world that offers a complete overview of 20th-century art
The presentation of the collection from the beginning of the last century until today is organized chronologically and multidisciplinary: both modern painting, graphic art and design as photography and new media are discussed here
The museum has a selection of 1,400 works, ranging from masters of modernism (Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Ernst, Miró, Pollock) to the most recent creations with a look at new realism, Arte Povera and Conceptual Art
The complex is housed in a striking building designed by two prominent architects of the 20th century architecture: Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. It opened its doors in 1977
The Pompidou Centre also has a large public library, theaters, cinemas and musical research, all housed in the same complex. The multidisciplinary mission of the center is clearly reflected in the prestigious exhibitions and events
The Pompidou Center is worth the visit, even if it is just to view the whimsical exterior. However, inside, in addition to the modern art museum, there are exhibits, a movie theater, and on top the Georges Restaurant.