Pompidou Centre, Paris

On this day in 1977 the Pompidou Centre opened in Paris.  Named after President Georges Pompidou who commissioned the building it is situated in the Beaubourg area, near Les Halles.  The structure is a high-tech design housing the Public Information Library, the largest museum of modern art in Europe and a centre for music research.

The concept behind the plan was to create a multicultural complex, an environment to bring together different forms of art and literature and put Paris on the map as a leading city of culture and art.

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian by journalist Rowan Moore, published on the 40th anniversary which is worth a read – https://tinyurl.com/z6xxwb4

The centre contains over 100,000 works ranging from the visual arts, drawing, photography, new media, experimental film, architecture and design.  Exhibits include iconic artists such as Matisse, Braque, Picasso, Kandinsky, Breton and one of my favourites – Alberto Giacometti.

Not one of my favourite buildings architecturally it does have an interesting history and certainly a distinctive look.


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