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.
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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when i was in paris, i saw many many museams, but this one really stuck out for me, it really made a lasting impression. the art is very modern and contemporary, and that's usually not my taste, but once you see the amazing artwork,you'll fall in love. when i went 3 summers ago, i was 13 and you would think that a 13 year old wouldn't appreciate this kind of artwork very much but, i really really loved it. the outside pipes make it look very creative and fun. theres a little waterfountain right in front of the museam that has artwork floating in it, which is very fun to see. the escaladors are outside in tubes, which is very unique. even if you don't really enjoy museams, i would go just to see the ahhhhmazing veiws, we took pictures up at the top of the building when you're getting off of the escalador and you really can see the entire city and it looks like something you'd see in movies. they have an enormous gift shop which also very cool to go around and look at. i really really suggest this for anybody of all ages, even children will love to see this amazing peice of architechture! it was really a wonderful experience!
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.
If you don't fully appreciate contemporary art, this is not the museum for you. Given, the view from the top floor windows is incredible, but one must love contemporary art to feel you got your money's worth.
Overall, broad collection of contemporary art, with great views.
I had a museum pass which helps save you a lot of money. I'm not really into modern art so going to Centre Pompidou was a little out there for me. I liked some of the art, but it's just not really my taste. It's worth going to see just the building itself because of how unique it is. I would recommend going here.
I regularly visit the Centre Pompidou. The temporary exhibitions change regularly and cover a wide range of topics from particular artists, architects or designers to more general themes. I like the fact that the work is often challenging.
However it is very definitely a centre for modern art - if your taste doesn't extend past the impressionists, then this certainly is not the best museum to visit in Paris - try the Musee D'Orsay, the Orangerie, or the Louvre.
Regardless of that, however, there is a rooftop restaurant which has absolutely amazing views. Although it doesn't really strike you from street level, the building is about two stories higher than the surrounding area, so from the top level you can see right across Paris. The prices are not the lowest you'll find but the service is excellent (and I think they must get their staff from a modelling agency!)
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