|The Pompidou Center interior. Be sure to brush up on your French.|
The natives think that if you don't speak French, then you should.
|George's--breathtaking inside and out.|
|The children's area provides |
a welcome relief from the
of the museum's interior.
It would be pointless for me to dwell on the art and artists of the Pompidou. Sufficient to say that their contemporary art collection of more than 5000 internationally known artists (17% percent of them women) is the largest in Europe. Only about one-fourth are French. I counted more than seventy instantly recognizable names. A special feature, a sort of ground floor annex, is the Atelier Brancusi (below) featuring a replica of the sculptor's studio as well as a surprisingly large sampling of his work. The Pompidou Centre also houses a library and IRCAM, a sound and music research center. Outside in the spacious plaza is the Stravinsky Fountain, which reflects the museum's style and character both literally and figuratively.
|Atelier Brancusi--the artist's studio-workshop.|
|The Pompidou Centre-Metz|