Centre Pompidou

Paris, France

Centre Pompidou


The Centre Pompidou (French pronunciation:¬†‚Äč[s…ĎŐÉt Ā p…ĒŐÉpidu]), more fully the Centre national d'art et de culture Georges-Pompidou (English: National Georges Pompidou Centre of Art and Culture), also known as the Pompidou Centre in English, is a complex building in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil, and the Marais. It was designed in the style of high-tech architecture by the architectural team of Richard Rogers, Su Rogers, Renzo Piano, along with Gianfranco Franchini.

It houses the Biblioth√®que publique d'information (Public Information Library), a vast public library; the Mus√©e National d'Art Moderne, which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe; and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research. Because of its location, the centre is known locally as Beaubourg (IPA:¬†[bobu Ā]). It is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who commissioned the building, and was officially opened on 31 January 1977 by President Val√©ry Giscard d'Estaing.

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