Paris's first monument of the post-modern era, designed by Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Gianfranco Franchini, the Pompidou Centre – known locally as “Beaubourg” - has 28,000 sqm of floor-space to display the more than 100,000 works belonging to the National Museum of Modern Art. The architects' goal was to spread the logistics out of the main building to better serve the museum's purpose, with 7-m-high picture rails. It also houses the 17,000 sqm Public Information Library (BPI) and the Institute for Acoustic/Music Research and Coordination (IRCAM). A true work of art dedicated to creativity in all its forms, Beaubourg is the world's number two museum of modern and contemporary art, after New York's MoMA, and boasts a budget of 150 million EUR and no fewer than 3.5 million visitors per year. The Pompidou Centre has prompted a form of cultural tourism in which the exhibition itself is an object of interdisciplinary study.
After your visit, stop off at the Stravinsky Fountain – otherwise known as the “Fountain of the Machines”, because of all the mechanical sculptures created by artists Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. Visit the splendid Saint-Merri church with its flamboyant Gothic style, a little further on, before having something to drink on the terrace of one of the cafés in this very lively neighbourhood.
Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
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