Happy Birthday Joyeux anniversaire
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.