Pompidou Centre

or Beaubourg Centre

French national cultural centre, on the rue Beaubourg in the Marais section of Paris.

Its full name, the Georges Pompidou National Art and Cultural Centre, recognizes the president of the Republic under whose administration it was commissioned. When formally opened in 1977, the building attracted notoriety for its brightly coloured exterior pipes, ducts, and other exposed architectural elements, and it soon became one of the most visited cultural sites in the world. Though primarily a museum for 20th-century visual arts, it also houses temporary exhibitions, a library, a centre for industrial design, a film museum, and a Centre for Musical and Acoustical Research.

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▪ cultural centre, Paris, France
French  Centre Pompidou,  in full  Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou (“Georges Pompidou National Art and Cultural Centre”) 

      French national cultural centre on the Rue Beaubourg and on the fringes of the historic Marais section of Paris. It is named after the French president Georges Pompidou (Pompidou, Georges), under whose administration the museum was commissioned.

      The Pompidou Centre was formally opened on January 31, 1977, by the French president, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (Giscard d'Estaing, Valéry). Its overpowering industrial-looking exterior, which dwarfs its surroundings, attracted notoriety for its brightly coloured exterior pipes, ducts, and other exposed services. The architects were Renzo Piano of Italy and Richard Rogers of Britain. The Pompidou Centre quickly became a popular attraction and was reckoned to be the most frequently visited cultural monument in the world.

      Primarily a museum and centre for the visual arts of the 20th century, the Pompidou Centre houses many separate services and activities. Its museum of modern art brought under one roof several public collections of modern art previously housed in a number of other Paris galleries. There are also frequent temporary exhibitions devoted to modern themes. In addition there is a large public library, a centre for industrial design, a film museum, and an important musical centre associated with the French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, known as the Centre for Musical and Acoustical Research (Ircam). The music centre comprises rehearsal rooms, studios, and a concert hall and presents concerts devoted primarily to modern music.

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Universalium. 2010.

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