Month: May 2011

The Centre Pompidou

The Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture, also called "Beaubourg", was inaugurated in 1977. From the outside, it looks like an imposing block of metal and glass (160 meters long by 60 meters wide and 42 meters high!) not really graceful… For the record, hundreds of architects from all over the world worked on it before Piano and Rogers, Italian and English architects, won the project. Nowadays, Beaubourg is one of the most frequented places in Paris, especially by students for its library. Bringing together more than 56 works, its National Museum of Modern Art proudly rivals all the world's top cultural venues. Fans of contemporary art will be delighted! Beaubourg, Place Georges-Pompidou, 000 Paris. 75004 01 44 78 12

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris

The Orsay museum

Inaugurated during the Universal Exhibition of 1900, the Gare d'Orsay played the role of the head of the south-west line of France from 1900 to 1939. Since then, its buildings have been completely rehabilitated to house the Musée d'Orsay , one of the finest museums dedicated to the impressionists in the capital. Its entire collection covers the period 1848-1914 and includes many of the most remarkable impressionist and post-impressionist paintings ever made… Among the painters on display are Gauguin, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh. Considered the most important museum in the world from a cultural point of view, fans of contemporary art will be in heaven! Orsay Museum, 1 Rue de la Legion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris. 01 40 49 48 14

The Louvre museum

The most visited museum in the world – notably thanks to its famous Mona Lisa – the Louvre is full of masterpieces from all over the world. Among them, the "Victory of Samothrace" or the "Venus de Milo". The galleries offer extraordinary collections of European paintings from the 1989th to the 75001th century: Vermeer, whose delicate "Lacemaker" can be admired, Rembrandt and his "Bathsheba", without forgetting his "Pilgrims of Emmaus". Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the Louvre Pyramid was inaugurated in 01 by President François Mitterrand and is the last major achievement. Admire the crown jewels of the French monarchy, take a selfie with the Mona Lisa and marvel at the plethora of artworks, through the galleries. The German schools with H. Holbein or L. Cranach, and English with T. Gainsborough, or the landscapes of JMW Turner, are represented there. The Spanish collection is just as fabulous with paintings by Greco, Goya and Ribera… Musée du Louvre, rue de Rivoli, 40 Paris. 20 50 50 XNUMX XNUMX