☆ Pompidou Centre ☆
“This will cause a stir” President Pompidou is rumoured to have said about the contemporary cultural design centre that bears his name..
In fact, when the project was completed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in 1977, it was described as a factory and a refinery..
The architects had envisaged it as a futuristic vessel.. Made of glass and steel, an escalator zigzags up its exterior in a transparent tube, matched by vertical pipes, also on the outside, representing blue for air, green for water, yellow for electricity and red for the elevators.. The interior has a surface area of 7,500 sq.m. on each of its five floors..
Contemporary culture is foreveryone, and the choice here is impressive: exhibition rooms, performance spaces, a cinema, and a gallery for children, etc. and, of course, the national museum of modern art..
Design in the 20th century and current movements are explored via a thematic approach that combines all forms of visual art and audiovisual expression..
Place Georges-Pompidou (4th).
Tel: 01 44 78 12 33.
Daily: 11am-9pm, except Tue and 1 May.
‘Musée et expositions’: this ticket gives admission to the Musée National d’Art Moderne, to the exhibitions and panoramic terrace.
€10 – RR: €8.
Under 18s and 1st Sun of the month: free.
“Beaubourg”, which takes its nickname from the name of the district, has blended into the landscape, and is a great success with millions of visitors each year, extending its popularity to the esplanade and the place Stravinsky that surround it..
In the former, which feels rather like a mini Woodstock, one can sit around jugglers, listen to guitar music, and visit the Brancusi workshop..
In the second, one can take a turn around the multicoloured mobile fountain by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle..