Paris Museum Series : Centre Georges Pompidou

Prelude:  Day 1, Museum #1 : Musee D’ Orsay

I left Musee D’Orsay with a heavy heart, because I knew that I would miss the place.  It was already 3PM when I headed out to Centre George Pompidou.  Time economy warranted, I had a valid excuse to avail of a cab ride(guilt-free!) from D’Orsay to C. Pompidou.

Day 1, Museum #2 : Centre Georges Pompidou

Inaugurated in January 1977, Centre Georges Pompidou is home to Bibliotheque (a public library), IRCAM (a research center for music and acoustic), and the Musee National D’Art Moderne.  To date, it is the largest museum of modern art in Europe. 

The Centre appeals to the postmodern and the high-tech, with facade adorned by structured steel and architectural glasses for a minimalist look.  It celebrates its deviation from the traditional fusion of Baroque/Romanesque/Gothic architectures.  (I took up 3 units of Humanities back in university days, and it was only recently that I was able to validate that some things did register between my ears.)

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Getting there:  METRO Rambuteau, Chatelet, Hotel de Ville; RER  Chatelet Les Halles; Bus #s 21, 29, 38, 47, 58, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 81, 85, 96, it’s complicated (oops!).

Centre Georges Pompidou – Facade / Main Entrance
This photo is also available in other public domains, such as Wikipedia.

Inside the tube : escalator leading to exhibition halls

Exhibitions consist of: paintings, photographs, sculptures, and the performing arts – art films, video clips, shows and mini-concerts.  The video clips appealed to me the most.  Contents are sociopolitical expressions, aired to engender awareness with varying tones – subtle, subliminal, and some are truly radical.  The sets for viewing have been arranged with the comfort of the viewers in mind.  The video exhibition hall is comparable to a room-full of mini-family den.  I was not able to take a picture of the video hall as majority of the exhibit halls do not allow camera / camcorders. 

Exhibit Hall 5

Art class for budding artists

I also came across with a group of kids who were studying art.  Talk about exposing kids to the arts at a very young age, this could be one of the better ways to build a strong inclination.

The exhibition hall at level 5 showcases a number of art works by Pablo Picasso.  (There is a dedicated museum for Picasso in Paris, but it is under renovation as of press time.)  It also has a visitors’ terrace where stone sculptures are on display, cast on Paris’ skyline.  I thought the terrace was off-limits to visitors, but I dared step out to get some fresh air, and a flock of tourists soon followed…thus, I met another tourist who was accommodating to take my souvenir photo.  =)

Terrace : souvenir photo courtesy of a fellow tourist


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