Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou

The retrospective Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou: a major exhibition in Paris

The Centre Pompidou, centre of art and culture

Façade du Centre Georges Pompidou © OTCP - Amélie Dupont - Renzo Piano et Richard Rogers

Less than forty years old, but already an icon! Opened in 1977, the Centre Pompidou, often referred to as Beaubourg by Parisians, has become one of the liveliest and most visited attractions in the city. It’s a museum of course, but also a library, a place full of life, and with its multicoloured exterior designed by Renzo Piano, a unique monument in the heart of Paris. Six floors, unusual architecture and a view of the whole of Paris, which visitors love.

With nearly 100,000 works to its name, the Centre Pompidou displays impressive artistic heritage with masterpieces by Picasso, Kandinsky, Chagall, Matisse, Léger … But also numerous contemporary artworks: Boltanski, Buren, Hantai … Ever since it first opened, the Pompidou Centre has also hosted first-class temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Following its policy of making art accessible to all, it has opened another site in Metz, with both the building and the programme in line with the original in Paris!


Book your skip-the-line undated ticket for the Centre Pompidou and its temporary collections


Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly - Coronation of Sesostris © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio

The Centre Pompidou pays tribute to Cy Twombly, one of the iconic figures of abstract post-expressionism. For the first time in France, an exhibition brings together over 140 works by this undeniably influential American artist and retraces his career spanning more than 60 years. A major retrospective which gathers together exceptional works on loan from other public and private collections throughout the world, some of them never previously exhibited in France.

Displayed chronologically, the exhibition offers a complete overview of the artist’s work through a visit developed around three major series: Nine Discourses on Commodus (1963), Fifty Days at Iliam (1978) and Coronation of Sesostris (2000). Oscillating between primitive art and abstract art, Cy Twombly’s pluralist work continuously renews the styles and trends by which it is inspired.

Explore the world of a major artist at this exhibition showing only in Paris.

Opening days/times and bookings

Practical info

30 November 2016 to 24 APril 2017

Gallery 1 - Centre Pompidou – Place Georges Pompidou

Monday: 11am-11pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11am-9pm
Thrusday: 11am-11pm
Friday: 11am-9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-9pm. 

Due to the expected popularity of this exhibition, it is advisable to book your ticket in advance. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau offers skip- the-line undated tickets allowing easy access to the exhibition.