The Centre Pompidou, centre of art and culture
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!
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Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevitch: The Russian avant-garde at Vitebsk (1918-1922)
From 28 March to 16 July 2018
1917 marked the end of Tsarist rule in Russia. For millions of Russians, the Bolshevik Revolution led by Lenin was a breath of fresh air, with new laws decreeing that people of all ethnic and religious communities were to be give full equality. Jewish painter Marc Chagall could finally be considered a Russian citizen like any other.
Buoyed by a fresh wave of inspiration, he decided to teach art to young people in his native town of Vitebsk (in current-day Belarus). Set up in 1918, the Vitebsk Popular Art Institute was both a school and a museum, free of cost and open to all in line with the new Bolshevik values. It was in this revolutionary crucible that Chagall – together with El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich and their students – shaped Russian avant-garde art as we know it today.
The Pompidou Centre is celebrating the centenary of Chagall’s nomination as Commissioner of Fine Arts in Vitebsk with an exhibition featuring 250 works and documents from major museums in Russia and Belarus. It provides a fresh opportunity to admire the dreamlike quality of Chagall’s work and Malevich and Lissitzky’s geometric compositions. Get your fill of the artist’s trademark flat forms and loud colours, and inspect the innovative work of the Vitebsk academy students who made up the ‘Ounovis’ collective (‘the assertiveness of all that is new in art’). A not-to-miss exhibition.
Sheila Hicks. Lignes de Vie (Lifelines)
From 7 February to 30 April 2018
From 7 February to 30 April 2018, American artist Sheila Hicks’s colourful work is showing at the Pompidou Centre in an exhibition titled ‘Lignes de Vie’.
Having begun her career as a painter, Sheila Hicks has been breaking new ground since the end of the 1950s with artworks that include textiles, wool, linen and cotton. Inspired by her travels, the artist uses practices rooted in Pre-Columbian America and the different weaving and folding techniques to create a unique body of work. Embroidered, knotted, twisted … her works, made from soft materials, sometimes on a large scale, are impressive. An innovator, Sheila Hicks is considered as the first artist to create multi-compositional sculptures, revealing different forms at each new exhibition. A pupil of colourist Josef Albers, she has been combining unusual shapes and colours for almost sixty years with unique compositions that you are invited to discover at the Pompidou Centre.
David Goldblatt retrospective
From 21 February to 13 May 2018
For the first time in France, the Pompidou Centre is staging a retrospective of the work of David Goldblatt – the great South African photographer who has recorded some of the key moments of his country’s history from 1950 to the present day, notably the development and the end of apartheid.
Born in 1930 into a family of European Jewish immigrants, David Goldblatt grew up with a keen perception of the need for tolerance and equality. As a boy, he was fascinated by the sight of miners at work: the way their bodies moved in unison, and how the black and white workers who were unequal before the law were placed on the same footing when it came to hard labour. His style soon veered into documentary photography, and would subsequently remain that way.
David Goldblatt has constantly used his in-depth knowledge of the terrain and his unflinching images to depict the consequences of white supremacy in South Africa. The exhibition (on until 13 May 2018) features two hundred photographs, a hundred-odd documents and seven short films examining his work.
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