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Monument : Beaubourg Pompidou Center

Beaubourg Pompidou Center

The Pompidou Center AKA Beauboug was inaugurated in the early 80's by Piano and Rogers. Its architecture is the aim of rationalism: the structure is entirely visible and the decoration is directly made on this structure. For instance, one can see every pipe and know what it contains from its colo. This is very convenient to organize the museum around the pieces or for the temporary exhibitions. This is the French National Modern Art Museum. Collections of the XXth century, with master pieces from Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Dalì, Chagall, Miro...

After the recent modernizaton for the new millenium, the Musee National d'Art Moderne de Paris has become even larger than New York Modern Art Museum, its eternal rival.

But George pompidou Center isn't just an art gallery: it also holds a library, a laboratory, a video library, an architectural collections, a industrial creation center, an institute specialized in experimenting sounds and music and the reconstruction of the great sculptor Constantin Brancusi's atelier.

What is most important, it gives the opportunity to enjoy modern art to visitors who may not know anything about it, allowing them to have fun and feel full of wonder like a child ion a merry-go-round.

The record crowds at the Public Information Library, with 14,500 people a day, sometimes annoy other visitors. While easily explained (encyclopaedic collections, free access without membership cards or registration, 1,800 reading desks), the shortcomings and inadequacy of university libraries in Paris are also partly to blame. With its 450000 books, 2600 magazines and journals, and 2400 videos, the BPI maintains its remarkable standard through a constant process of "weeding out" to remove as many volumes as are added to keep up with new publications.

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How to get there

To reach Georges Pompidou center from hotel Elysees Union take RER A at Charles de Gaulle Etoile to Chatelet in approx 25 minutes