Monday, 18 March 2013

Centre Pompidou

As beautiful as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile are, one place I could not WAIT to visit was the Centre National d'art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, or Centre Pompidou for short. As you may have seen from my last post, the post modern/High-Tech architecture of the building is a piece of art in itself, and it only gets better when you go inside. The place is huge, with vast public library, a music research institute, performance halls, a cinema, restaurant, bookshop, cafe, educational areas, and most importantly-only THE the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in Europe! This place opened in 1977 after the President, unsurprisingly named Georges Pompidou, decided he wanted the centre of Paris to have an original cultural institution in which modern and contemporary visual art would mix with music, theatre, cinema and literature. I didn't know Pompidou personally, but he seems like a pretty decent guy. If you do find yourself lucky enough to be in Paris, I would DEFINITELY recommend paying a visit here. The Mona Lisa can wait (no offence Leonardo). Anyways, I filled an entire memory card with the amount of photographs I took here, and wanted to share some snaps of a very small selection of inspiring works from the Contemporary Collection. 
Enjoy :)

Piero Manzoni (1933-1963)
Achrome (1961)

Barry Flanagan (1914-2001)
Casb 1' 67 (1967)
Jason Rhoades (1965-2006)
Chatte de Beaubourg (2004)

Ernesto Neto (1964)
We Stopped Here at the Time (2002)

Jeop and Jeroen Verhoeven (1976) Judith de Graauw (1976)
Panneau Lace Fence (2007)

THEVERYMANY (Mark Fornes (1975))
*Y/Struc/Surf (2010)
Verner Panton (1926-1998)
Sofa Living Sculpture (1970-71) 

Piero Manzoni (1933-1963)
Achrome (1961)
Mario Merz (1925-2003)
Igloo di Giap (1968)

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