Le Centre Pompidou is certainly one of Paris’s most eye-catching museums. Built-in the 1970s, this “factory for the arts” houses thousands of Modernist masterworks and serves as a creative hub for cutting-edge contemporary artists. If you would like to fully appreciate the most earth-shattering innovations in the artistic world, then you should check out LivTours’ Centre Pompidou Museum Tour.
Your LivTours Centre Pompidou Museum Tour will give you plenty of time to explore the gallery’s current Modernist and Contemporary displays with a collection so vast, that you are sure to always see something new on rotation, giving you a greater appreciation for the arts.
Your LivTours Private Centre Pompidou Tour will begin with a close look at the building’s unique industrial design. Your guide will explain how the museum’s designers used architecture to express Le Centre Pompidou’s role as an “industry” for contemporary artists. You will also get the chance to see the frequently photographed Fountain Stravinsky located just a stone’s throw from the center.
The rest of your tour will focus on the Pompidou Centre’s star attraction: The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. With almost 200,000 square feet of space and thousands of artworks, few museums rival Le Centre Pompidou’s collection.
In the museum’s Modernist wing, your guide will give you a quick refresher on the most influential art movements in Paris during the early 20th century, getting to know genres such as Fauvism, Cubism, and Surrealism. With a thorough understanding of each movement’s context, you will grasp just how radical these paintings must have been during their time. On your tour, you might get to see a few representative paintings by artists like Picasso, Matisse, Léger, and Modigliani.
As you advance in the Modernist collection, your guide will explain how many historians trace the roots of Contemporary Art to a urinal displayed in NYC. As strange as it sounds, one of the biggest events in 20th-century art was when Marcel Duchamp tried to get a urinal exhibited in a New York exhibition. Even though it was initially rejected, Duchamp made a point of bringing out his Fountain for photographs. Duchamp’s “ready-made” Fountain continues to ignite debate over the nature of the art object and museum censorship. While Duchamp’s original Fountain is not on display in this museum, you might get to see a copy or other works by Duchamp and his Dadaist descendants.
As your tour winds down, you will work your way through cutting-edge Contemporary Art movements. From Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism to the latest in multi-media installations, Centre Pompidou has a wide assortment of Contemporary displays. A few famous works which have been on display here include Andy Warhol’s Ten Lies, Joseph Beuy’s Plight, and Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Black, Red Over Black on Red). You might also have the chance to see the masterpieces of tomorrow by some of today’s most daring artists.
When you have finished the museum’s Modernist collection, it is time to visit the Contemporary Art collection. Here you will see some of the most radical films, photographs, sculptures, and art installations from a wide variety of artistic trends. This is a fantastic tour for art lovers visiting Paris.