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!
Book your skip-the-line undated ticket for the Centre Pompidou and its temporary collections
Until 14 August 2017
A pioneer of ‘documentary style’ photography, the Chicago-born photographer Walker Evans portrayed a realistic vision of American culture in the 20th century. Portraits snapped in the New York subway, as well as images of the agricultural world of the 1930s, storefronts, and common place urban scenes ... reveal daily life across the Atlantic.
At the Centre Pompidou until 14 August 2017, this first retrospective for a French museum brings together 300 period photographs and hundreds of rare documents. It highlights the photographer’s choice of subjects (signs, shop windows ...) and the way in which in his images he adopted the codes of applied photography like a photographer of architecture or postcards.
A poignant look at America’s vernacular culture.
Until 23 October 2017
David Hockney exhibition in Paris, on the occasion of the artist’s 80th birthday!
From 21 June to 23 October 2017, the Centre Pompidou is devoting an exceptional and comprehensive retrospective to the English artist, tracing his career through more than 160 works (drawings, paintings, photographs, engravings, and video installations) including his iconic swimming pools with bright colours and his monumental landscapes.
Hockney’s work is both singular and plural, featuring both serious and light subject matter. From his native Yorkshire to California, from the exuberance of landscapes to the solitude of enigmatic portraits, his work reveals unique atmospheres that are always powerful and captivating.
Focussing on the artist’s creative process, the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou highlights the evolution of Hockney’s work over time, his stylistic experimentation and technical curiosity notably in his use of the fax, printers, and the iPad to create drawings. His techniques reflect the period he is working in and enable the painter, even today, to produce work that is like no other, and which is driven by a concern to ensure that his work is widely circulated and shared.
A fascinating retrospective dedicated to an atypical body of work that takes visitors through 60 years of artistic creation.
Every day from 11:00am to 9:00pm or from 11:00am to 11:00pm
Centre Pompidou - 4th