The Centre Pompidou is 40 years old!
The entire year's programme at the Centre Pompidou will be part of this anniversary, celebrating the rich variety of the Centre Pompidou's collection and the meetings of artistic disciplines, on stage or on the screen.
Its founder, Georges Pompidou, wanted Paris to have "a cultural centre that was both a museum and centre of creation, where the visual arts would mingle with music, film and books."
Forty years on, the Centre Pompidou, the first of a new generation of cultural centres, has become a major cultural player both within and outside France. In one venue, it brings together a collection of over 100,000 works, a public reading library (the BPI), auditoriums for films and shows, a musical research Institute (IRCAM), and areas for educational activities.
It presents some twenty-five temporary exhibitions each year. Both an internationally recognised reference and a place of forward thinking, it is also a popular venue that tirelessly seeks to broaden its audiences through its programme and projects. Its revolutionary building has become an icon of 20th century architecture and the embodiment of a spirit. It is eminently accessible to the city and its visitors; every type of artistic expression is found within it, transcending barriers and hierarchies between the arts, and constantly stimulating curiosity. In forty years, it has welcomed, surprised, charmed, provoked, questioned and moved over 100 million visitors.
In 2017, the Centre Pompidou is celebrating its 40th anniversary all over France. To share this celebration with as many people as possible, it is presenting a completely new programme of exhibitions, exceptional loans, and events throughout the year.
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