The Centre Pompidou's Many Exhibitions

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Published: 08th August 2012
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For fans of contemporary art, the Centre Pompidou is an absolute must-see while in Paris. The building itself stands out from the crowd thanks to its eccentric, colourful architecture, and there are a number of fascinating exhibitions and activities to enjoy inside too.

Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, the museum's collections are spread over two levels, with its displays being regularly updated.

One exhibition currently running at the museum is La Tendenza, Italian Architectures (1965 - 1985). This is the first retrospective exhibition in France dedicated to one of the founding movements of Italy's post-war architecture.
Visitors can browse more than 250 drawings, models, photographs, paintings and films, as well as rich documentation. Running untilSeptember 10th, it traces the highlights of the movement led by Aldo Rossi rejected avant-garde ideas and notions of utopia. Instead it is a political and critical architecture, and La Tendenza provides a fresh look at the architectural project founded on a renewal of drawing and the image.

One of the most interesting displays drawn from the museum's collections is that celebrating recent acquisitions now on display at the museum. It covers works dating from the 1960s to the present day and is described by the gallery as a "celebration of some of the biggest names in contemporary art". This exhibiting is running until September 3rd.

Meanwhile, in the Children's Gallery is a showcase entitled Family Portraits. The artist Valerie Mrejen gives children the chance to define their families and write their stories in their own unique way. As the museum points out, "Invented and deformed words, interpretations and mistakes in pronunciation that end up by becoming part of the vocabulary of the family, form its language and serve as reference points." Children create a unique glossary and original gallery of pictures using two sound and visual recording booths which are used to take their testimonies.

There is also the Gerhard Richter, Panorama exhibition for visitors to feast their eyes on. The retrospective itinerary Panorama demonstrates how Richter, a predominant figure in the world of contemporary painting, was able to reconstruct himself by reinventing the history of art itself. He was a pioneer of 'photo paintings,' gestural abstractions and coloured and monochrome charts. This exhibition brings together almost 160 of the artist's creations, offering a chronological and thematic itinerary of his works. From the beginning of the 1960s to the present day, it tracks how Gerhard carried out innovative experiments using a wide range of pictorial styles.

Art lovers could also head for the Anri Sala exhibition, which was conceived by the Pompidou Centre itself. It is composed of photographs, objects and four recent films which form a one-hour loop. It takes the viewer from Sarajevo to Berlin, from Bordeaux to Mexico City. Sound and music are both omnipresent, with the original work said to place the visitor in a music box, somewhere between fiction and reality.

In Creative Multiversities, the spectator is taken on a journey of industrial forecasting, experimentation and research in the fields of architecture, design and social innovation. The display is intended to reveal the contemporary revolution of creative processes that lies at the junction between various disciplines, with 15 arrangements designed for the occasion. According to the museum: "The technological, aesthetic and societal approaches intertwine around simple themes: generating, producing, representing."

There is also the fascinating Accrochage 'Histoire de l'Atelier Brancusi, which is a reconstruction of the Paris workshop where one of the masters of modern sculpture lived and worked.

For the modern and contemporary art lovers, the Pompidou is a 'must' among Paris museums.

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