Centre Pompidou
Museum of Contemporary Art / Paris

From the moment it opened to the public on 2 February 1977, it met with immense success, rapidly becoming one of the most popular cultural venues in the world and one of the most visited monuments in France (architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini).

Today considered an emblematic 20th-century building, taken to the hearts of the people of Paris and a special favorite of tourists from elsewhere, the new arts centre rising from the Plateau Beaubourg was at first compared by its detractors to an oil refinery. The building continued to be a subject of polemic through the 1970s, before becoming the icon and exemplar that it is today.

A reorganisation in 1992 saw the creation of a department of cultural development, responsible for a programme of live performance, film screenings, lectures, symposia and debates. The fusion of the modern art museum and the centre for industrial design laid the foundations for an architecture and design collection that in twenty years has become one of the most impressive in the world.


Authored Articles
Baselitz – The Retrospective
Oct 20, 2021 - Mar 7, 2022
This retrospective brings together his masterpieces of the last six decades, revealing his most striking creative periods: from the...
Steven Pippin: Aberration Optique
Jun 14 – Sep 11, 2017
The digital revolution was on its way when Steven Pippin made a name for himself in the 1980s with...
Photographisme. Klein, Ifert, Zamecznik
Nov 8, 2017 – Jan 29, 2018
This exhibition looks at the interaction of the two disciplines of photography and the graphic arts through pieces drawn...
The Radical Decade / André Derain 1904-1914
Oct 4, 2017 – Jan 29, 2018
This exhibit takes a fresh look at the work of this major 20th century artist, tracing the various stages...
Union of Modern Artists / A Modern Adventure
May 30 – August 27, 2018
The Union des Artistes Modernes brought together creators of every kind, artists, architects, designers and exponents of various crafts,...
Takesada Matsutani / Stream
May 14 – Sep 1, 2020
"Time is for me, most important. I was born, I must die. But my conscious is streaming for infinity....
Night of Museums
May 19, 2018 / Europe
Several thousand museums will open their doors tonight, in 30 countries throughout Europe for the 14th Edition of European...
Look Back on 2017
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So here we are, the last day of the year, 2017. We are wrapping up our first 6 months,...