"Centre Pompidou - Des goûts et des couleurs ?" Top 5 Page for this destination Le Centre Pompidou Tip by breughel

Le Centre Pompidou, Paris: 138 reviews and 250 photos

  Is this Beaubourg?
by breughel

Before visiting the Centre Pompidou I had followed the architectural controversy in the French media so that on my visit in the 1980s I expected to find something that looked like my photo.
I'm fond of petrochemical plants and admire chemical engineers who starting from a reaction developed in a small lab apparatus build a chemical plant extending on more than a sq. Km.
Beaubourg was therefore a deception "this is not a chemical plant" Magritte would have said.

Now about the collections: there are about 100.000 works, covering the whole range from painting to architecture, through photography, cinema, new media, sculpture and design.
The works on view, about 1500, are alternated.

Modern art from 1905 to 1960 is on display on level 5. Here I found some good things from Braque, Kandinsky, Matisse, Miro, Picasso ("La Liseuse" and "Arlequin" from the 1920s), Rouault.
On level 4 are the contemporary art creations from 1960 to the present.

The Modern collection (1905-1980) is CLOSED until 27 May!

On level 4 are the contemporary art creations from 1960 to the present.
The artistic qualities of contemporary art (such as Koons, Duchamps and others) are not clear to me in spite of my willingness to become a member of the club of initiated amateurs.
Over the years I came to think that contemporary art comprises little art and much decoration or eccentricities. The contemporary art is like a religion; one does believe or does not believe.
To say it in another way: "Des goûts et des couleurs on ne discute pas - there is no accounting for taste - De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum."

There are 3,6 million visitors/year what makes the Centre Pompidou the third most visited destination in France after the Tour Eiffel and the Louvre. Do they come back for a second visit?
I didn't.

Address: Place Beaubourg, 75004
Directions: Métro: Rambuteau ; RER: Châtelet-Les Halles
Phone: +33 1 44 78 12 33
Website: http://www.centrepompidou.fr/

Review Helpfulness: 5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 3, 2015
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