Centre Pompidou

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Named after George Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who commissioned the building, the Centre houses the Public Information Library, the National Museum of Modern Art and an institute for music and acoustic research, the IRCAM. One of the first major examples of “inside-out” designed building, the Centre is very distinctive since the structural elements are exposed in the exterior and were colour-coded: the blue ducts are for climate control, the green pipes are the plumbing, the yellow represents the electrical wires and the red are the devices for safety.

The George Pompidou houses now the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world after the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The collection comprises more than 100.000 works by 6.400 artists since Fauvism in 1905. The modern art period, from 1905 to 1960, includes masterpieces by Matisse, Frida Khalo, Duchamp, Chagall and Mondrian, while the contemporary art section displays works of art since 1960, by artists such as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Dubuffet, among many others.

Outside Centre Pompidou, the nearby colourful Stravinsky Fountain and the main square also attract many visitors who attend the shows by street performers.

Contacts & Details

Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris

Sunday:

11:00 – 21:00

Monday:

11:00 – 21:00

Wednesday:

11:00 – 21:00

Thursday:

11:00 – 23:00

Friday:

11:00 – 21:00

Saturday:

11:00 – 21:00