Hap­py Bir­th­day Joyeux an­ni­ver­saire

GREATER PARIS - - [Contents] Sommaire - By Pa­tri­cia Va­li­cen­ti

The Centre Pom­pi­dou is ce­le­bra­ting it 40th an­ni­ver­sa­ry this year, in great cultu­ral style. For­ty years af­ter it threw open its doors to the pu­blic, the Centre Pom­pi­dou re­mains a ma­jor player on the cultu­ral landscape both in France and abroad. The ins­ti­tu­tion brings to­ge­ther over 100,000 works, a spa­cious pu­blic rea­ding li­bra­ry, au­di­to­riums for films and per­for­mances, the Ins­ti­tute for Acous­tics and Mu­sic Re­search and Co­or­di­na­tion (IRCAM), and areas for edu­ca­tio­nal ac­ti­vi­ties all be­neath the roof of its re­vo­lu­tio­na­ry buil­ding that has be­come an icon of 20th-cen­tu­ry ar­chi­tec­ture and which has wel­co­med in the past four de­cades over 100 mil­lion vi­si­tors. The Centre Pom­pi­dou brings to­ge­ther mo­dern art, contem­po­ra­ry crea­tion, li­te­ra­ture, film and mu­sic and dance with its ex­ten­sive art col­lec­tions em­bra­cing eve­ry type of ar­tis­tic ex­pres­sion. It has amas­sed one of the lar­gest col­lec­tions of mo­dern and contem­po­ra­ry art in the world and has pre­sen­ted some 325 ex­hi­bi­tions.

This year’s an­ni­ver­sa­ry ce­le­bra­tions are mar­ked by some 50 ex­hi­bi­tions being sta­ged in 40 French ci­ties in part­ner­ship with museums, contem­po­ra­ry art centres and per­for­mance halls and ve­nues. A host of Pa­ri­sian cultu­ral centres are ta­king part in the ce­le­bra­tions in part­ner­ship with the Centre Pom­pi­dou, no­ta­bly La Mon­naie de Pa­ris (the Pa­ris Mint), which is hos­ting through to May 21 the works of Fran­çois Mo­rel­let whose col­lec­tion is hou­sed at the Centre Pom­pi­dou while the Jeu de Paume is pre­sen­ting through to May 28 a re­tros­pec­tive of the works of the Eu­ro­pean pho­to­gra­pher Eli Lotar whose ar­chives and stu­dio are now lo­ca­ted in the Centre Pom­pi­dou. Meanw­hile, the Centre Pom­pi­dou is hos­ting a re­tros­pec­tive de­vo­ted to the contem­po­ra­ry Ame­ri­can ar­tist Cy Twom­bly through to April 24.

It was back in 1969 that the then pre­sident of France Georges Pom­pi­dou de­ci­ded to build upon the va­cant Beau­bourg Pla­teau a new breed of cultu­ral centres, a centre de­vo­ted to the arts and my­riad dis­ci­plines re­plete with a new pu­blic rea­ding li­bra­ry. The C

Through to April 24. Place Georges Pom­pi­dou (4th), 01 44 78 12 33. www.cen­tre­pom­pi­dou.fr

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