Centre Pompidou houses the largest modern arts in Europe, with over 60,000 pieces of art in its collection. The building itself is a masterpiece. With the “inside-out” concept, whatever structures that are supposed to be hidden is all exposed. You see the tubes, frames and pretty much all the functional mechanisms of the building.
There’s a few pieces of art which I like a lot. My absolute favourite is this piece Oedipus, by Czech artist Jan Mancuska, who tells the stories of three characters: the main character, his girlfriend and his mother, in criss-crossing texts and in different time frames. It’s kind of like watching a movie where events happen at different times, but the events will bring together the characters eventually at one point. In the case of Oedipus, you actually visually see the physical spatial separation of the characters.
Another of my favourite is work by Robert Le Ricolais, who is a pioneer in space structures. These space structures are hung up in the air and sing a play of light, the newly formed light structure is a complex one dimensional blue print, in contrast to the 3D, rigid, steel structures.
I also enjoyed the section dedicated to computational architecture. These structures are very complex and you just wonder how on earth do people produce these things! This black and white structure is produced by Theverymany.
When you get tired exploring the museum, a nice place to relax would be the viewing deck on the top floor where you can see the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur.
Outside Centre Pompidou, the ambience is pretty artsy too, with vendors outside selling DIY trinkets and the colorful Stravinsky Fountain.
Even if you are not into arts, the Beaubourg area is all very Parisian. A contrast of new and old buildings, cafes on the sidewalks, youths playing foot ball and skate board, it’s worthwhile popping by the area to hang out.
Address: Place Center Pompidou, 19 Rue Beaubourg, 75004 Paris.
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
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Opening Hours: 11am-9pm; late opening until 11pm on Thursdays for some temporary exhibitions only. Closed on Tuesdays and on 1st of May.
Free entry on the first sunday of every month.
Admission Charge: Full price of 11€ or 13€ depending on time. Reduced Price of 9€ or 10€ depending on season.
Inclusive in Paris Museum Pass: Yes