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The Centre Pompidou

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The Centre Pompidou - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in Paris

Located at the heart of the Beaubourg district in Paris' 4th arrondissement between the Marais and Les Halles, not far from Rambuteau Metro station, the Centre Pompidou astounds visitors with its modern and unusual architecture in bright colours. Although the building caused controversy in the 70s, it is now a world-famous centre of art and culture. Built at the request of President Georges Pompidou to create an original cultural institution at the heart of the capital, today it houses the best of modern and contemporary art.

On the 4th and 5th floors, you can thus admire a remarkable collection of modern art from 1905 to 1960, with works by such big names as Picasso, Matisse and Soulages, as well as contemporary art from 1960 to the present day, by such famous artists as Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Klein, Arman and Warhol.

Before going back downstairs, be sure to go up to the 6th floor. From up there you can enjoy a beautiful view of Paris and the surrounding neighbourhood!

In terms of events, the Centre regularly hosts temporary exhibitions as well as concerts and conferences. On site you'll also find a young people's area, bookshops and gift shops, a library and a cinema.

The bustling piazza in front of the Centre Pompidou regularly serves as a theatre for street performers, with jugglers, actors and musicians giving it all they've got to entertain passers-by.

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