Paris is renowned for its innumerable contribution to art besides its collection of historically significant monuments. It hosts some of the best museums and galleries in the world dedicated to the sole purpose of preserving and propagating valuable works of art. The Centre Georges Pompidou is one such and is an important art gallery and library located in the heart of Paris. Also known as, the Pompidou Centre, this building is known for its highly distinctive high-tech architecture.
The Pompidou Centre houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne, one of the largest modern art museums in the entire Europe. It is also one of the most preferred destinations for visitors arriving in the city and is included in many Paris private tour programs. In fact, the sheer impressive architecture and the wealth of art and knowledge that it accumulates have made it one among the most visited places in Paris. Below are some interesting facts about the Centre Georges Pompidou.
George Pompidou, the President of the France at that time, is credited with the idea behind constructing the Centre Georges Pompidou. It was built for the sole purpose of displaying and propagating modern art as well as a cultural center. A design competition was organized for determining a suitable plan for the building, which led to the participation of about 681 individuals from many different countries. The design put forward by Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, along with Gianfranco Franchini, was adopted and the construction began in 1972. It was opened to the public in 1977.
The Centre Georges Pompidou is constructed using the high-tech architectural design style. It features a distinctive inside out construction method that led to the shifting of the functional elements and mechanical elements to the exterior of the building thereby maximizing the interior space. The framework of external elements has color codes with blue for air circulating ducts, yellow for electrical wiring, red for elevators and stairs, and green for plumbing systems. With 7 above-ground floors and 3 underground floors, the Pompidou Centre has a floor space of 1,112,000 square feet and covers over 5 acres of land.
The Pompidou Centre hosts some of the most renowned and celebrated works in contemporary art and sculpture. The center holds over 100,000 works in painting, sculpture, cinema, photography, design, architecture, and new media. The works of eminent artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, and many others are displayed here. Besides that, the Pompidou Centre houses a public information library having an impressive collection of 500,000 books as well as a center for public research.