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Information About The Center Georges Pompidou

Updated on October 13, 2011

Centre Pompidou Paris

Famous to Parisians as the Beaubourg (after the neighborhood), The Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou is modern art museum which can be rivaled against the ones in London and New York.

With its designs, the 1977 building architecture has a sharp contrast to the traditional looking houses which stands at the oldest district in Paris.

Appearing like a cross in between a modern-looking factory and beside a low-rise office building, it flawlessly reflects what’s inside it. The blue, red and green pipes by its rear are the only examples of its makers’ goal to break the tradition.

The air conditioning ducts are in blue, green for the water pipes and yellow for electrical conduits. They have red escalators and white ventilation shafts by the underground area.

The architects of the structure wanted to turn the building ‘inside out’. Absolutely, they achieved that goal. There is a low glass box that appears like the scaffolding is going to be taken off, with modern Bauhaus displaying air-conditioning ducts as well as exterior metal stairs.

All of these were done so that there will be more space for the works inside.

Centre Georges Pompidou

Pipes of The Centre Pompidou
Pipes of The Centre Pompidou | Source
Side of the Centre Georges Pompidou
Side of the Centre Georges Pompidou

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The museum, actually sponsored and named after a French president, faithfully reflects the trend of art during the last century. Each known name during the last hundred years can be found here, together with other ones who are lesser on not entirely recognized people. Included in its 56,000 works are the ones from famous people like Pollock, Matisse, Braque, Dali, Miro, Picasso, Klee and even Warhol and Kelly.

One should not miss out checking the Ten Lizes Warhol. There is a group of five tiny paintings placed on top of another five, the work showcases Elizabeth Taylor in the popular Warhol style. Its multi-color hue, multi-contrast and its sharp grained, it actually depicts Warhol.

It well represents the art movements that were in the last century. Examples include Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism and Surrealism together with the ones that has no name.

The cultural center actually costs $100 million and it consists of four major activities inside its huge area. It has a reference library, an exhibit area, a center for music and acoustic as well as a center for industrial design research.

Take the Plexiglas escalator to get to the top where you can find ‘Le Georges’, a restaurant with a panoramic view by the sixth floor. Just sit down and check out the street performers by the Place George Pompidou at the front, or check out the view of Stravinsky Fountain.

Even if it’s a bit costly, it provides an awesome view of the skyline. The guest can see the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse and many more. Take a rest and refresh a little before going to other great collections.

You can easily locate the museum. Just ride the subway or metro to get to Hotel de Ville or Rambuteau.

More pictures of the Center Georges Pompidou Paris

Inside the Centre Pompidou
Inside the Centre Pompidou
Another shot of the Colorful pipes
Another shot of the Colorful pipes

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      Daniel Christian 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks very much Jaynie. I really enjoy the Centre Pompidou in particular. It's one of Paris' famous, but perhaps now as well known attractions.

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      Jaynie2000 6 years ago

      Very well written.

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      Daniel Christian 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks BJC. Glad you liked.

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      BJC 6 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting article with great pictures.