Tired of ordinary museums and traditional works by the same old painters? The Centre Pompidou will offer you the largest variety of contemporary and modern pieces of art, right in the heart of Paris!
The Centre Pompidou is a complex building situated in the Beaubourg area (4th arrondissement) which houses the National Museum of Modern Art, the Public Information Library and the IRCAM, a centre for music research. It contains Europe’s leading collection of modern and contemporary art, with over 100.000 works of 20th and 21st centuries. It opened in 1977 in a revolutionary six-floor building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and, at the core of its mission, it has always tried to include contemporary artists and to open to any kind of art from all over the world.
You will find temporary exhibitions, which focus on new technologies, installations and contemporary art, along with permanent exhibitions. Around the building, you can also enjoy the atmosphere of the area called Beaubourg, within the Marais, full of cafés, small shops and people from all over the world.
There are several collections within the museum:
The Modern Collection (1905 – 1960’s)
It contains major works by leading figures such as Matisse, Picasso and Braque, starting with the Fauve Revolution and joining the Surrealism, with the reconstruction of André Breton’s studio and some works by Duchamp. Here you can also find some pieces of Informal Art by Dubuffet and some major works by Kandinsky.
The Contemporary Collection (1960’s – 1990’s)
It contains paintings, photographs and sculptures by artists such as Bacon, Rothko, Klein, Johns and Beuys. You can also find some works of the most representative Pop Artist Andy Warhol.
The Contemporary and Progressive Creation (1990’s – Onwards)
It consists of paintings, sculptures and installations by artists born after 1960. Most of the works are multidisciplinary and you can enjoy masterpieces by Orozco, Bartana, Koo Jeong A and Parreno.
The museum also houses Europe’s largest Collection of Photographs, with works by Man Ray, Brancusi and Surrealist artists, and the Design Collection, with a great variety of prototypes and unique pieces. You can also visit the Cinema and New Media Collection, with experimental movies and creations from Méliès to Donnelly, as well as several installations by iconic artists such as Dan Graham.
Finally, you can also enjoy the Graphic Art Collection, where the major collections of works on paper by Artaud, Chagall, Delaunay, Matisse or Kandinsky are exposed.
Within the Centre Pompidou, you may take a look at the Kandinsky Library, specialised in the arts, where books, reviews, archives and audiovisual documents are presented. Later, you can visit the Atelier Brancusi, where the artist used to create his sculptures: you will have the opportunity to see how sculptures were created and disposed by Brancusi in order to establish a close relationship with space.
Let your kids enjoy the museum thanks to special activities in the “Kids Gallery” and in the “Kids Studio”: an interactive and funny way to explore the world of the artists through observation and experimentation. There is also a space for teenagers called Studio 13/16, where they can enjoy free programmes, as well as interact with the creators.
How to get to the Centre:
You can easily get to the Centre by Metro (Rambuteau, line 11; Hôtel de Ville, lines 1 and 11; Châtelet, lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14). Otherwise, you can take the RER (Châtelet-les Halles, lines A, B and D), or the Bus (29, 38, 47, 75). There are also several Velib stations (no. 4020, 3014 and 3010).
Centre Pompidou: 11:00 – 22:00 (exhibition areas close at 21:00) / Thursdays until 23:00 (exhibitions on level 6)
Atelier Brancusi: 14:00 – 18:00
Public Library: Monday-Friday 12:00 – 22:00 / Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 11:00 – 22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and 1st of May
On the first Sunday of every month, the access to the museum is free for everyone!
Then, what are you waiting for? Discover contemporary and modern art at the Centre Pompidou and enjoy all the amazing collections!