Not nearly as well visited as the Louvre Museum, the Pompidou Museum is home to the National Museum of Modern Art and houses an impressive collection of over 100,000 artworks. This museum stands as a testament to the marriage of art, architecture, and innovation.
Renowned for its strikingly unique architecture and an unparalleled collection of modern and contemporary art, it is a must see when visiting the captivating city of Paris and promises to be an unforgettable experience even for those who are not modern art aficionados.
An Architectural Marvel
Before even entering the museum, the exterior of the Pompidou Museum is a sight to behold. Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the building’s inside-out construction showcases its structural elements, with pipes, escalators, and colorful ventilation ducts adorning its facade. This architectural marvel is a true symbol of postmodern design and a must-see attraction in its own right.
The Permanent Collection
Step inside the Pompidou Museum and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of artistic innovation. Visitors can explore a wide array of artistic movements, including Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art. The museum boasts an extensive permanent collection that spans from the 20th century to the present day that you will find on the 4th and 5th floors (start from the top and work your way down). From iconic works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Wassily Kandinsky to thought-provoking pieces by contemporary artists, the diverse range of artworks on display provides insight into the evolution of modern art.
Notable works include:
- “The Persistence of Memory” by Dalí
- “The Blowtorch Woman” by Joan Miró
- “Triptych Bleu I, II, III” by Joan Miró
- “Table” by Alberto Giacometti
- “The Muse” by Pablo Picasso
- “The Fall of Icarus” by Marc Chagall
- “Portrait of the Journalist” by Otto Dix
- “Precious Liquids” by Louise Bourgeois
- “Fountain” by Marcel Duchamp
- “Blue Monochrome” by Yves Klein
- “The Frame” by Frida Kahlo
- “New York City I” by Piet Mondrian
- “Le Rhinocéros” by Xavier Veilhan
- “Self-Portrait in Drag” polaroids by Andy Warhol
- “Number 26 A, Black and White” by Jackson Pollock
In addition to its permanent collection, the museum hosts an ever-changing roster of temporary exhibitions. These exhibitions often focus on specific artists, themes, or periods, offering visitors the opportunity to delve deeper into various facets of contemporary and modern art. Be sure to check the museum’s schedule to see what captivating exhibitions are currently on display during your visit. During my most recent visit, I was able to see the moving tribute to the late Serge Gainsbourg “Le Mot Exact”, free access.
The Stravinsky Fountain
Currently undergoing renovations, the Stravinsky Fountain is located just outside the museum’s entrance, and is a vibrant and whimsical public artwork. Created by sculptors Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, the fountain features colorful and kinetic sculptures that pay homage to composer Igor Stravinsky. The fountain’s playful water features and dynamic sculptures make it a popular spot for both tourists and locals an are sure to make you smile!
The Fantastic Views
Don’t miss the expansive views of Paris from the upper floors! “Le George” (closed Tuesdays) is a fabulous secret spot for an afternoon rooftop cocktail, or for those with deeper pockets why not stay for dinner…
Please note: The museum will be undergoing a $285 million renovation set to start in the summer of 2025 that will last for five years – so don’t tardy if you wish to visit!
Tickets 15 € / Open from 11am – 9pm (CLOSED on Tuesdays )
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A Unique and Enriching Experience
From innovative architecture, to an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, to fantastic views of Paris, to fine dining in a top rated restaurant, to a boutique worth perusing for interesting souvenirs, or to the street performers gathering at its feet – the Pompidou Museum offers a unique and enriching experience for art enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. Whether you’re captivated by the building’s exterior or engrossed in the thought-provoking artworks within, the Pompidou Museum is undeniably a must-see destination for anyone seeking to explore the cutting edge of artistic expression.
Happy (artistic) Travels,
-Girl Gone Gallic