Abstract space - Centre Pompidou, Paris
In 1969 French President Georges Pompidou launched the idea of creating a new cultural institution in Paris dedicated to modern art.
In 1971 a competition for this new cultural center attracted 650 entries. The winning project, submitted by the architects Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini broke with architectural conventions by moving functional elements such as escalators, water pipes and air conditioning to the outside of the building, freeing interior space for the display of art works. The pipes and ducts are all color-coded: blue for air, green for water, red for elevators, yellow for electricity, gray for corridors and white for the building itself.
The construction of the glass and metal building in the centrally located Beaubourg neighborhood ran into a lot of opposition from people who disliked the idea of an 'oil refinery' in a historic district. But when the museum opened in december 1977, it became an instant success: originally designed to accommodate some 5,000 visitors per day, the Centre Pompidou has been welcoming over 25,000 visitors per day making it one of the most visited attractions in Paris.
More Than a Museum
The Centre Pompidou is home to one of the world's most important museums of modern art, the MNAM, but it also contains a very popular library, a bookshop, a movie theater and a panoramic terrace. The Public Information Library or BPI boasts a collection of 450,000 books, 2,600 magazines and a large number of new media items.
The library occupies the first three floors of the building, while the museum's permanent collection is located on floors 4 and 5. The first and top floor are used for large expositions. The museum has one of the most important collections of modern art. Its more than 59,000 works cover a broad spectrum of 20th century arts.
The 4th floor contains works from 1905 to 1965 and covers art movements such as fauvism, abstract art, surrealism and cubist art. Some of the featured artists include Matisse, Kadinsky, Miró and Picasso. The 5th floor covers the period after 1965, including the pop-art movement and figurative art.
The square in front of the Centre Pompidou, the 'Place Georges Pompidou' or 'Place Beaubourg', is very popular. The large crowds are animated by mimes, street portraitists and entertainers.
If you want to see some modern art without going into the museum, just go to the right of the square, to the place Igor Stravinsky where you'll find the first modern fountain in Paris. The fountain has several kinetic sculptures, designed by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. (Source: aviewonacities/paris)
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Gerrit (50984) 2012-09-27 1:39
spectacular place and excellent photo.
ovely colours and great sharpness.
mauro61 (52761) 2012-09-27 1:53
gioco di linee e colori in questo edificio famosissimo tra quelli di Parigi.
Ben inquadrata la scena con il passaggio urbano intorno,
danos (90429) 2012-09-27 1:53
Good morning George,
nice the view of this section of Centre Pompidou in Paris,with the variety of the colours to makes the building eye catcher for the eyes of the visitor.I like the good light and colour management as the excellent presentation.
Have a good day,Danos
snunney (90030) 2012-09-27 2:07
A fine capture of this Parisian icon, one of the first buildings to be designed in this style with its heating and pipework on the outside. Very colourful and with excellent detail despite the poor weather conditions. The people bring life to the scene.
besnard (55117) 2012-09-27 2:08
Un bon cliché sur ces tuyauteries qui ont entrainé bien des débats. L'image est nette et les couleurs bien rendues.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
annjackman (20931) 2012-09-27 2:24
I like the way that you have taken this picture. There is interesting design both on the building and on the road. Excellent composition and well handled light.
Kind Regards, Ann
mjdundee (4663) 2012-09-27 2:28
Looks more or less like a over dimensional heating pump and the building is still fascinating. I was there in the year after the opening and at that time visiting Centre George Pompidou felt like stepping into another planet.
Nice POV and - always - very good note. TFS
dkmurphys (52823) 2012-09-27 2:41
Nice catch of this impressive uran artwork. I like the colors and the POV, well taken.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-09-27 4:31
wonderful shot of this famous Paris landmark. Love the excellent lines and light in this perfectly composed and executed shot. Magnifique!
Have a good day - regards Brian.
francio64 (39708) 2012-09-27 4:43
colori e grafismo sono gli elementi essenziali di questa foto ben realizzata.
Sergiom (67560) 2012-09-27 4:53
J'ai eu le plaisir de visiter ce bâtiment qui à l'époque avait provoqué de nombreux commentaires. Encore aujourd'hui, c'est très spécial et étonnant.
jhm (144328) 2012-09-27 4:57
Centre Pompidou is a very extraordinarily image in Paris, for the most people an curse in Paris for other people an enrichment, for me a good picture.
Sharpness and clarity are prefect.
Perspective and depth are very good
Excellent presentation, nice photo work.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-09-27 5:07
Ola George ,
Bom plano de visão deste Centre Pompidou , gostei dos detalhes de arquitetura , boas cores, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Cricri (111515) 2012-09-27 10:32
Première fois que je vois ce bâtiments très original l'architecture de ce centre Pompidou, très colorées, bon POV et note très intéressante
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-09-27 11:19
This is a beautiful "refinery". The picture shows the amazing architecture. Point of view and framing are very well chosen. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
ktanska (25923) 2012-09-27 11:26
I've never seen this place, but it is famous of it's 'industrial' architecture. All those pipes and steel structures give ideas for the imagination. Good close and wide angle. Cyclist and the pedestrian on the left are well placed.
tedesse (25133) 2012-09-27 13:56
Wonderful presentation Abstract space "Centre Pompidou" in Paris.
Great colors, good sharpness.
jjcordier (79074) 2012-09-27 21:58
Un bon cadrage de cette façade arrière du Centre Pompidou qui montre ces "tuyauteries" si controversées mais qui font le bonheur des photographes en tout cas!
JFS (32459) 2012-09-27 22:55
I like the cut of this so photographied building, like the colors and textures too. good work George!
Silvio1953 (130518) 2012-09-28 7:21
Ciao George, great view of fantastic architecture, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
brianmcc (6219) 2012-09-29 2:32
this is a stunning architectural picture. the lines, patterns, and colours all combine here to catch the viewers eye with an image full of interesting elements.
macjake (61566) 2012-09-29 7:06
yes, i think we've seen Jean Jacque post a few photo's from this unique place in Paris.
and i'll never get tired of it.
looks so out of place for anywhere, especially in Europe!
but i love the uniqueness to it, looking as if its a plumbers house :)
excellent subject and compo to present the tubes!
abmdsudi (46980) 2012-09-29 9:01
It's so catchy, modern architecture with its vibrant colors and creatively designed to draw attention. Superb framing with sense of reality, an opportunity not to be missed. Well detailed with stunning contrast. Well done.
SWEETFREEDOM (23608) 2012-10-02 9:40
an interesting place to shot picture, nice modern architecture a Paris' landmark.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-27 1:37