Centre Georges Pompidou

Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris is the largest modern and contemporary art museum in Europe, and the third most popular tourist attraction in France.

The high-tech architecture style Georges Pompidou Center, unofficially “Beaubourg” (after the Paris arrondissement of the location), opened its doors to the public in 1977.

The center, named after Georges Pompidou (President of France, 1969-1974), has…

  • Musée National d’Art Moderne (a modern art museum),
  • an extensive public library, as well as
  • IRCAM, a research center for music and acoustics.

Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

PHOTO: View to building’s unique facade, as seen from Place Georges Pompidou. The square often has performances from street artists, such as mimes.

The architects in charge of Pompidou center were Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.

Their creation is considered revolutionary as a museum building…

…being one of the first museums to create a meeting place for both social and cultural events.

The art museum at the building, Musée National d’Art Moderne, is Europe’s largest and world’s second largest (after MoMA in New York) modern art museum.

The museum collections include a total of about 60,000 art objects, including:

  • paintings,
  • photography,
  • films, and
  • sculptures.

The museum is spread within two floors.

Collection of modern art (from 1905-1960) has one floor, while the other floor is for the collection of contemporary art (from 1960 onward).

Centre – Georges Pompidou
19 Rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris, France

Modern art works in the collection include…

  • fauvism, expressionism, cubism, abstract art, cubism, dada, and surrealism,

while the contemporary part of the exhibition has, for example, …

  • pop-art, new realism, and conceptual art.

To plan your visit to the Pompidou Center, you can use the official website, at www.centrepompidou.fr.