Centre Pompidou 40th Anniversary


Happy 40th Anniversary!

In 2017 The Centre Pompidou is celebrating its 40th anniversary. From late 2016 to early 2018, exhibitions, shows, concerts and meetings will be stage throughout 40 French cities; in partnership with museums, contemporary art centers, performance halls, festivals, key players in French’s cultural and artistic life; and many more. Everyone will be encourage to experience and to share the originality of The Centre Pompidou.

40 years, 40 Cities: Arles, Armentières, Bordeaux, Bourges, Brest, Bussy-Saint-Marin -Noisiel, Pontault-Combault- , Cajarc, Chambord, Château-Gontier, Chatou/Vélizy-Villacoublay, Dijon, Le Francois, Martinique, Grenoble, Hyéres, Ivry, Libourne, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Mont-Saint-Michele, Nantes, Nice, Nîmes, Paris, Pau/Tarbes, Rennes, Rodez, Roquebrune Cap-Martin, Roubaix, Rouen, Saint-Germain La Blanche-Herbe, Saint-Yrieix-La-Perche, Sèvres, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tours, Villeneuve D´Ascq, Vitry-sur-Seine.

40 is the age of mastery and action, a splendid age; it means being truly open to what is going on, to be able to share the experience and strength acquired.

The spirit of The Centre Pompidou 40th anniversary is to encourage people to discover or rediscover the wealth and diversity of its collections and the many different facets of art today.

The Centre Pompidou has built up one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world, it has displayed 325 exhibitions and  has organized a wide range of  performances, conferences, debates and festivals.

40 year ago,  on 31st  January 1977, a bold and daring cultural establishment opened in the heart of Paris. An unprecedented combination of a museum, a department for programming shows. films and talks; a library and a musical research institute. The Centre Pompidou has been offering audiences another view of culture, mingling every discipline, arousing curiosity and debate, and casting a fresh look on contemporary society. The Centre Pompidou was design as a place for breaking barriers and opening out to all forms of cultural expression in order to question contemporary society and further its evolution. -Audray Azoulay-, Minister of Culture-.

The Centre Pompidou has become a major cultural player within and outside France. It brings together a collection of over 100,000 works, a public reading library (BPI), Auditoriums for films and shows, the institute for acoustics, music research and coordination (IRCAM), and areas for educational activities under one roof. Its revolutionary building has become an icon of the 20th century Architecture and the embodiment of a particular spirit. In forty years, it has welcomed, surprised, charmed, provoked, questioned and move over 100 million visitors.

I would like The Centre Pompidou´s  40th Anniversary to be a festival of artistic creation every where in France;  I would like it to illustrate the vitality of cultural institutions that shares The Centre Pompidou Spirit, to celebrate the ties we have built with artist, museums, art centers, performance halls and festivals; and to develop and enrich a long history of shared projects that serve art and creation. I would like to reach out to those who have loved The Centre Pompidou for forty years as well as to new audiences. – Serges Lasvignes-, President of  The Centre Pompidou-.

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