Walk in Paris: Beaubourg and Chatelet

A short visit in the center of Paris to visit the Georges Pompidou art modern museum

During this walk you'll visit the district of les Halles and the centre Georges Pompidou (modern art museum). You can start the visit from the metro station Chatelet (M1). The first part of the tour takes us to the centre Pompidou, the centre includes a permanent Museum, a restaurant, a cinema, a concert hall... A floor is devoted to temporary exhibitions of artists. Here we simply visit the Museum to see the works of the most famous names in contemporary art: Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Miró,, Giacometti, Dali......

Regardless of your approach of contemporary art the Museum leaves no one indifferent, You have to be careful and stay focused, a banal chair in the middle of a room is not made to rest but can be a piece of art. The entry in the Center (14 euros) is very expensive. The works presented change quite often in the museum.

The second part of the ballad let you visit the District of les Halles.

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Duration: 4 h.

Entrance hall of the Museum

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Entrance hall of the Museum
You can see up on the photo of the instigator of the Museum: the president Georges Pompidou, he was fond of modern art. At the bottom of the photo, you see the queue for tickets. It is better to buy them with automatic machines or buy before on the Internet.

Centre Pompidou from the outside

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Centre Pompidou from the outside
The Museum was very criticized during its construction in the 1970s. He has been called the oil refinery. The idea of the architects was not to hide the internal machinery (air conditioning, electricity...) which is normally hidden.

Ellsworth Kelly - Dark Blue Panel - 1985

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Ellsworth Kelly - Dark Blue Panel - 1985
All the objects are not exposed and there is a turnover about every two years. Here a magnificent canvas very simple in the contemporary art section.

Andy Wharol - Ten Lizes - 1963

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Andy Wharol - Ten Lizes - 1963
Ten portraits of Liz Taylor. All the famous names of modern art are represented. There are a lot of paintings from Picasso, Matisse, Miró...

Henri Matisse - Polynesia - 1944

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Henri Matisse - Polynesia - 1944
The main interest in visiting a Museum is that you can approach very closely the works and see the work of the painter. When you get closer you see the papers pasted on the canvas (with a lot of talent).

Jan Mancuska - Oedipus - 2006

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Jan Mancuska - Oedipus - 2006
Letters pass through the exhibition space. They form a coherent text. Each row of text represents a different point of view.

In the foreground - Mario Merz - Igloo - 1968

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In the foreground - Mario Merz - Igloo - 1968
One might be surprised by some of the works and especially the explanations that go with. The Igloo for Mario Merz embodies a dialectic space in which things and events are never quite resolved.

Restaurant

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Restaurant
At the top of the Center there is a restaurant "The George" which is also very design (prices also). Beautiful view over Paris.

View of Paris from the top of the museum

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View of Paris from the top of the museum
'It should be noted that you can go in the Center without going into the Museum. Price: 5 euros. No need to pay better go to Montmartre to have a nice view it''s free.'

Fountain - Marcel Duchamp - 1917

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Fountain - Marcel Duchamp - 1917
The fountain is a urinal signed R.Mutt (a pseudonym for Duchamp). Today it is common to see all kinds of works of art, but in 1917 Mr. Duchamp was one of the first to be interested in the objects of everyday life to make art.

St. Eustache Church

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St. Eustache Church
The Church is relatively unknown compared to Notre Dame. It is almost as large, and certainly also more beautiful. Just walk around to see different architectures. The Interior is a magnificent organ. For those you can’t visit Notre-Dame after the fire.

Rue Montorgueil

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Rue Montorgueil
'Pedestrian area, this street has kept a lot of charm, she''s very lively with many merchants and cafés/restaurants. '

Saint-Denis Street

Formerly Saint-Denis Street was famous for its nocturnal activity. Today there is virtually no prostitutes or sex shop.

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