Center Georges-Pompidou: A place to store memorabilia of contemporary times

Center Georges-Pompidou: A place to store memorabilia of contemporary times

Center Georges-Pompidour for Art and Culture, also known for short as Center Georges-Pompidou or Beaubourg Center. This is a cultural center and large museum located in the Beaubourg area of district 4, Paris, France. 

This center had the Bibliothèque publique d'information - a large public library; Musée National d'Art Moderne - the largest modern art museum in Europe; and IRCAM - music and acoustics research center. 

The reason for the birth of Center George-Pompidou 

The reason for the birth of Center George-Pompidou

In 1969, after taking office, President Center Georges Pompidou began to intend to build a modern culture and art center, located right in the center of Paris, where there are currently many architectural works. According to the initial design, the Beaubourg neighborhood will have an architectural complex including a modern art museum, a public library and an industrial design center. 

After holding an international competition to find the most perfect design for the project, the competition's jury selected and published the design of two famous architects, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. On March 20, 1973, the project officially started. 

After President Pompidou's term ended, his successor, President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, intended to stop construction. However, because of the advocacy of the French prime minister at that time - Jacques Chirac, the work continued. 

On January 31, 1977, the George - Pompidou National Center for Arts and Culture was officially inaugurated. The ceremony was attended by famous politicians of that time: President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Prime Minister Raymond Barre and Mrs. Claude Pompidou - wife of President Pompidou.

Architecture of Center Georges-Pompidou

Architecture Center Georges-Pompidou

The design of two architects, Piano and Rogers (both of whom received the Pritzker Architecture Prize) is the only drawing that places the building on the North - South axis, ensuring the general planning of the area. Besides, this design also allows for a large space for "Piazza" (square).

The main building of the Pompidou center has 8 floors and 2 basements. The building's exterior features pipes and columns with a sky ladder system. The pipes are color-coded by function: blue for air conditioning, green for water, yellow for electricity, and white for basement ventilation. The sky ladder system is housed in a red tube.

Because of the special color of these outdoor pipes, George-Pompidou center often has many nicknames, such as "Notre Dame Cathedral" or "Pompidolium" (meaning Fire Palace, derived from pompier which means fireman). However, because of that outdoor pipe system, the inside space becomes more airy, and the museum becomes a perfect testament to the modern, "inside-out" architectural style.

On the campus of Georges - Pompidou center, there is a fountain, called Stravinski Fountain or Fontaine des automates, built in 1983, representing contemporary art with many statues following the modern cannon school. by Jean Tinguely (author of metal statues) and by Niki de Saint-Phalle (author of colored statues).

Inside the Georges - Pompidou center there is a national museum of modern French art, which houses nearly 60,000 works by about 5,000 artists. 

The center also features photography galleries, libraries, cinema and performance rooms, exhibition spaces, and a restaurant.

Display - Center Georges-Pompidou

Display Center Georges-Pompidou

The Center Georges-Pompidou displays two collections: modern art (1905-1965) by artists like Picasso, and contemporary art (1980-present).

Café Little boy (Author: Jean-Luc Vilmouth)

A pastel-colored artwork with a writing board, tables, chairs, and rust. Idea from Hiroshima school bomb survivors.

Three Arrangements - (author: George Brecht) 

George Brecht created this work of art with 3 items: coat, chair and cabinet. As a pioneer of conceptual art, he explained art and ordinary life.

How to get to Georges - Pompidou center?

How to get to Center Georges - Pompidou?

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