The Centre Pompidou was initially thought up and planned by Georges Pompidou, who was President of France from 1969 to 1974. A design competition yielded a number of architects who worked together to design this somewhat bizarre post-modern building.
The standout part of the design is the placement of all communications, plumbing and other structural elements of the building on the outside. What's more is that all of these were brightly colour-coded in accordance to their designation creating the rather unusual look we see today.
Completed and opened in 1977, the large building has a number of different uses. The three core parts to the centre are a public library, the IRCAM (centre for acoustic research) and the Musée National d'Art Moderne. The Modern Art Gallery contains the second largest collection of Modern Art in the world after the MOMA in New York.
With the earliest exhibits starting from 1905, the collection includes virtually every kind of modern and contemporary art from paintings by Pablo Picasso and Surrealist works by Henri Matisse to optical art by Victor Vasarely and Nouveau Réalisme sculpture by César.
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