Commonly known as the Beaubourg, this distinctive building was commissioned in 1968 by the then President Georges Pompidou, ... More
Commonly known as the Beaubourg, this distinctive building was commissioned in 1968 by the then President Georges Pompidou, and opened in 1977. Most Parisians were initially shocked by its unconventional 'inside out' architectural style: air conditioning, escalators, and lifts are all on the outside, giving the interior unparalleled freedom. Extensively refurbished in the late 1990s, the center is home to the Musée National d'Art Moderne and the Bibliothèque Publique d'Information (BPI) as well as temporary exhibitions, cinemas, and other attractions. Hours and admission prices vary for individual attractions.
"The first 7 days of my menstrual cycle" Is that really considered modern art? I thought many items were very simplistic. I felt as if though I could have made a few myself. Oh, I forgot to mention the stupid short clips about people slashing their wrists. You can judge for yourself.
Beaubourg is one of my favorite places in Paris. Cool architecture, and the collections are amazing. One of the best modern art museums in the world, I'd say. Their temporary exhibitions are great too. If you like modern art, you must not miss Beaubourg.
Of the three premiere modern art museums including the Tate and MoMA, I like Pompidou the most. And if you're more interested in modern art than classical like I am, you'll perhaps enjoy your time here more than the Louvre. The museum gift shop also has some trippy souvies to bring back. I don't think the building is as hideous as others make out.
The museum of modern art on the top two floors of the Pompidou is so avant garde, on the cutting edge, with many fantastic new age electronic/art exhibits showing modern man as alienated figure (an old topic) in new electronic media settings. For example, there are kinesthetic sculptures that move on pulleys, and electronic devices that beam disturbing surrealistic signals, plus a host of great modern art by the classicists of modern art--Kandinsky, Picasso, Miro, Mondrian, Chagall, et al. There is one exhibit, called La Mariee (the maried woman) of a bride, with lacquered dress, and a head of a skeleton, showing an exhausted old woman whose demands as a mother have sucked her dry--very metaphorical and interesting. I was challenged intellectually by my two to three hours at the Modern Art Museum. The French don't seem to censor anything, which is great for art. The vulgar and profane, the lofty and sublime, they are all here. The museum had many new exhibits from the last time I visited.
I loved everything about the Pompidou, the art, the atmosphere, the achitechture, as I said I loved absolutley everything! The Pompidou Center is my favorite museum in France, this stupid computer keeps asking me to write more! AARRGG! hows that for you?
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After going to the Louvre and Musee de Orsay, it was nice to go and see some contemporary art. It was like a breath of fresh air. Everything in there was really cool and modern. I loved the Dali artworks. The whole building was really neat, from the escalator entrance to the fountain outside. I wish I could have spent more time there. Definitly a place I am interested in visiting again.
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