Centre Georges Pompidou

By Martin | March 27, 2012 | Filed under: Buildings, Le Marais, Squares

Pompidou Center Paris museum exhibitionParis and its builders have always liked to experiment with the new, modern and controversial - from Baron Haussmann to Eiffel and Le Corbusier - and the trend continued to more recent days. Time has proved the critics of the time wrong and many of the ambitious projects became iconic symbols of this colourful and lively city. The same is true for the Centre Georges Pompidou, located in the 4th district of Paris, which was officially opened on 31 January 1977 by President Giscard d’Estaing.

The Pompidou Centre - also know as Beaubourg after the quarter of the same name where it stands - is a striking modern architectural marvel. It housesEurope’s largest museum for modern art, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information, an immense public library, and IRCAM, a music and acoustic research centre. There are regular exhibitions in the centre with the biggest names of the art world, but lesser known contemporary artists also well presented.

<< The Centre was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano; the British architect couple Richard Rogers and Su Rogers; Gianfranco Franchini, the British structural engineer Edmund Happold; and Irish structural engineer Peter Rice. The New York Times noted that the design of the Centre “turned the architecture world upside down”. The jury of the Pritzker Prize, an award that was given in 2007, said the Pompidou “revolutionized museums, transforming what had once been elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city.” >>

Quote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centre_Georges_Pompidou

Apart from the building and what’s inside, the square in front of the museum, the Place Georges Pompidou, is also worth mentioning. It became a very interesting spot with street performers and artists, musical events, exhibitions, carnivals and the like entertaining bystanders. The Beaubourg area is steeped in history, but the contemporary Centre Georges Pompidou and the colourful crowd it brings mix perfectly - it’s an experience no one should miss.


Centre Georges Pompidou official website: http://www.centrepompidou.fr/


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