The Pompidou Museum: Great Art and Lots of Fun!

August 31, 2017 No Comments

The Centre Pompidou is such a wonderful and fun place. I put off going to this museum for years because compared to the previous centuries of art I was never all that drawn to contemporary art. But I must admit I was very wrong, this museum is worth many visits.  And it may well have changed my mind about contemporary, and especially installation art.

The Pompidou


Centre Georges Pompidou, commonly shortened to Centre Pompidou and also known as the Pompidou Centre in English, is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, and the Marais. Locals will often call it the Beaubourg too.  So it is a place that goes by many names.

The building its self is a work of art. It was “designed as an “evolving spatial diagram” by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the architecture of the Centre Pompidou boasts a series of technical characteristics that make it unique in the world – the inspiration, even the prototype, of a new generation of museums and cultural centres. It is distinctive firstly in the way it frees up the space inside, with each floor extending through the building entirely uninterrupted by load-bearing structures. The whole of each 7 500 m2 floor is thus available for the display of works or other activities, and can be divided up and reorganised at will, ensuring maximum flexibility. With its use of steel (15 000 tons) and glass (11 000 m²) and the externalisation of its load-bearing structure together with circulation and services, it was a truly pioneering building for its time, an heir to the great iron buildings of the Industrial Age. In many ways futuristic, the Centre Pompidou is heir to the architectural utopias of the 1960s, exemplified in the work of Archigram and Superstudio. Its innovative, even revolutionary character has made the Centre Pompidou one of the most emblematic buildings of the 20th century.”

“One of the distinctive features of the Centre Pompidou is the striking presence of colour. Four strong colours – blue, red, yellow and green – clothe the structure and enliven the façade, their use governed by a code laid down by the architects:

  • blue for circulating air (air conditioning)
  • yellow for circulating electricity
  • green for circulating water
  • red for circulating people (escalators and lifts).”

Architectural info from the Centre Pompidou website.



The Pompidou


I was particularly impressed with how interactive and fun so many of the pieces were. Of course having someone playful and fun with you, like my husband Roz, makes the experience really wonderful.  We had so much fun playing with the art that I foolishly forgot to get the names of most the pieces or the artists.  Next time, next time.  We will definitely go back!


The Pompidou


The Pompidou


The Pompidou


The Pompidou


Jean Dubuffet’s “Cave” at the Pompidou


The Pompidou


Giant Triple Mushroom Amanita muscaria / Helvella crispa / Boletus badius (Giant Triple Mushroom) 2010.

Giant Mushroom at The Pompidou


Roz taking a bite out of the Giant Mushroom at The Pompidou


Fountain is a 1917 work produced by Marcel Duchamp.   The piece was a porcelain urinal, which was signed “R.Mutt” and titled Fountain

Roz enjoying the Fountain at the Pompidou


There are also some great views of Paris as you go up and up the escalator at the Pompidou.  You can go up the escalator without paying to get into the museum.

The Pompidou






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