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The Centre Pompidou is one of the most important museum in Paris, an unmissable museum if you are interested in Contemporary art.
This huge complex located in the heart of Paris, in the Beaubourg area, was designed in the style of high-tech architecture and houses the Musée National d'Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe.
More than 60,000 works constitute this collection of modern and contemporary art covering the XX and XXI centuries through artists which artworks had major influence in recent years.
In the 60s, the idea for a multicultural complex, as a nerve centre of the French art and culture, was sprouted from André Malraux, the first minister of cultural affairs. The architecture of the centre was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano; British architect Richard Rogers; and Italian architect Gianfranco Franchini, assisted by Ove Arup & Partners.
The museum was created in 1947, first housed in the Palais de Tokyo the collection moved to the actual site in 1977. The museum has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, after the MOMA in New York, with more than 70,000 works of art. These works include painting, architecture, photography, cinema, new media, sculpture and design. A part of collection is on exhibit in a 14,000 square meters space. The works displayed often change in order to show to the public the variety and depth of the collection.
In 2014 a new area devoted to the exhibition of photography has been opened. This photography gallery will provide with three exhibitions dedicated to historic or contemporary photography each year, thus revealing the wide-ranging variety of the Centre Pompidou's remarkable collection of 40,000 photographs: one of the finest in the world and the most important in Europe. It completed the making of the several major exhibitions organized each year on either the first or sixth floors.
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