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December 5, 2019

The Beaubourg or Centre Pompidou, Paris!

Ok while in Paris passed by several times and visited once, the area ambiance was my main motive to stop by over the years. I admit contemporary arts is not my forte, I am from an older era ::) However, this is one of the monuments to see while in Paris, a must.

Therefore, let me give you an introduction to the Centre Pompidou or as we call the Beaubourg! 

The Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture (CNAC), commonly known as the Georges Pompidou Center, or Centre Pompidou or the Centre Beaubourg or simply the Beaubourg is a polycultural institution born from the will of the President. Georges Pompidou, a great lover of modern art, created in the heart of Paris an original cultural institution entirely devoted to modern and contemporary creation, where visual arts would be associated with books, design, music and cinema. It is located in the Saint-Merri neighborhood or quartier, in 4éme arrondissement or district of Paris, between the neighborhoods of Les Halles, in the west, and the Marais, in the east.

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Within the National Museum of Modern Art / Center for Industrial Creation (MNAM / CCI), it has one of the world’s three largest collections of modern and contemporary art and the first in Europe. It also houses major galleries of temporary exhibitions, theaters and cinemas, and the BPI, the first public reading library in Europe. On either side of the square, two annexes house the IRCAM and the Brancusi workshop. Since 2010, the city of Metz has a decentralized center, the centre Pompidou-Metz

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On January 31, 1977, the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture was inaugurated by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in the presence of Prime Minister Raymond Barre, Mrs. Claude Pompidou and numerous personalities. Later on February 2, it is open to the public.

At the end of 1997, after having celebrated its twentieth anniversary, the center closes its doors to be renovated in depth. Since its reopening on January 1, 2000, these changes have made it possible to exhibit more works and offer more dance, theater and music performances. The space dedicated to young people is also developed with the new children’s gallery where two exhibitions are presented each year. Since December 2003, Espace 315, located on the first level, south side (just before the south gallery), hosts, on 315 m2, contemporary artists. It is here that the winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize is exhibited every year.

The main building, 166 meters long, 45 meters wide (60 counting the exterior escalator) and 42 meters high (52 meters on the square side), consists of eight floors accessible to the public of 7,500 m2 each, including two floors of basement (-1 and 0), the street floor being at level 1 of the mezzanine, a useful floor area of approximately 45,000 m2, given the voids of the first floors of the Forum and the courtyards located at 5th and 6th floors, which roughly correspond to the floor area. Nevertheless, the building actually has a total area of 103,305 m2 on ten floors, taking into account the technical and parking spaces that extend to the square, and not including the 600 m2 Brancusi workshop and IRCAM. The height between each plateau is seven meters under ceiling except that of the Forum which is ten meters. The upper floors offer a wide and wonderful view of Paris. It is reached by the diagonal of the external escalators which, crossing the entire zigzag façade, give the building its visual signature.

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The museum is divided into section too long for me to describe fully here but these are ,the National Museum of Modern Art and the Industrial Creation Center, the Public Library Information; the Atelier Brancusi, on the square, and the IRCAM at place Stravinsky square.

A specific building houses the Institute for Research and Acoustic Coordination / Music, including a gauge room and variable acoustics, studios, anechoic chamber and a media library. the offices as well as certain activities are distributed in four buildings in the immediate vicinity of the center.

Beyond the controversies aroused by an architecture that appeared daring before finding its place in the landscape and in the urban fabric of Paris, the Centre Pompidou has quickly established itself as an important success in terms of attendance, thanks to an attractive diversified programming and with staggered opening hours. The Centre Georges Pompidou rehabilitated in France the museum concept, which was in a state of collapse at the time of its creation, and its success was at the origin of the proliferation of museum institutions in the 1980s and 1990s. Arts always Paris!

The official webpage of Centre Pompidou in English: Official Centre Pompidou

The tourist office of ParisTourist office of Paris on the Centre Pompidou

There you go folks another wonder of my Paris, in my belle France open to the world. And even if not my favorite (need to say this) it is a must to visit while in France! Centre Pompidou for what is due.

And remember,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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December 5, 2019

Back to Ranelagh ,the garden, Paris of course!

So on a grayish day I went driving to Paris of course why not, never miss an opportunity to be back in town. I had a whole month to enjoy myself in my beautiful Paris and after been in Brittany for long years is always good to be back. Mind you ,I have been back at least one day every month for many years but been there for a whole new long period was wonderful.

I could not miss my old spots I love so much in my chic beautiful 16éme arrondissement or district of Paris. The Jardin du Ranelagh or garden of Ranelagh, I last wrote on it in December 5 2018 in my blog so wont repeat myself but here are some new  photos of a wonderful place.

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This beautiful garden originally created by a certain Mr. Morisan this park was actually copied on that of Lord Ranelagh in London. On a small part of the park of the castle of Muette opens in 1774 the Petit Ranelagh. It will be a great success under Louis XVI and up to the Empire. Queen Marie-Antoinette comes to dance with her friends, escaping the protocol that weighs in Versailles.

Mimicking that of Chelsea (London) , a rotunda surrounded by a colonnade is built to accommodate concerts and balls. Demolished by Russian soldiers in 1815, it was rebuilt in 1834. In 1860, a public garden was opened under the name of Jardin du Ranelagh garden, in homage to Lord Ranelagh. Besides the puppet theater and the horse-drawn carousel, the garden is decorated with several carved groups ,including a group dedicated to the poet Jean de La Fontaine as well as his famous characters: the fox and the raven, which holds in its beak a cheese ,and other statues.

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Centennial trees are among the treasures of the garden, including hazel and chestnut trees. It is actually a garden, in the plural, because this space is divided into three distinct parts. It has an area of 60,500 m² Triangular in shape is bordered on the west by the Marmottan Museum. The south of the garden is bordered by a part of the route of the petite ceinture or old little belt, the rails were removed and was built a walk adjacent to the petite ceinture to the Porte d’Auteuil. It is surrounded by the streets of Avenue Ingres, avenue du Ranelagh, avenue Prudhon, and avenue Raphaël with Muette metro line 9 just perfect. And just behind the fav resto La Gare (see my posts on it even recently ::)).

Here is a bit more on the Paris tourist office: Jardin de Ranelagh on Paris tourist offce

Paris is a lot more than monuments , all is a beautiful thing to see, walk ,smell and enjoy it. Hope you do in  your next trip to the city of lights. Paris is indeed a movable feast!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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