Center Pompidou: the museum's must-see masterpieces

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Published on February 8th, 2023 at 02:43 p.m.
It is impossible to miss this institution if you love modern and contemporary art. The Centre Pompidou is one of the most important museums in Paris, and it houses some masterpieces of the genre. Here is a small overview of the works to see at least once in your life.

When you love art, and you live in Paris or the Ile-de-France region, there are some must-sees that you can't ignore. Museums and art places that you must visit at least once. In the list, we find of course the Louvre museum, the Orsay museum, the Petit Palais... And the Pompidou Center, also called Beaubourg museum.

This huge museum, the flagship of the 4th arrondissement, is the temple ofmodern and contemporary art in Paris. It houses in its collections no less than 120,000 works: it is the largest collection in Europe, and the second richest in the world! And these sets of works are not insignificant: the Centre Pompidou owns and exhibits creations of the greatest modern and contemporary artists: Marc Chagall, Louise Bourgeois, Yves Klein, Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Otto Dix, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miró, Frida Kahlo, Vassily Kandinsky... All the geniuses of art are present!

The Beaubourg museum allows us to admire thousands of works of the 20th and 21st century, in exhibition spaces spread over several floors. It's enough to make your head spin! To help you find your way around, and not miss any of the museum's great masterpieces, here is a selection of the must-sees at the Centre Pompidou.

It is difficult to establish a hierarchy and to determine which work is more important than another. So here is a short list of paintings and installations to admire, in no particular order.

We start with The Bride and Groom of the Eiffel Tower, by Marc Chagall. A painting inspired by the love that the painter had for his wife, and which includes the great characteristics of Chagall. Similarly, the work Mit dem schwarzen Bogen (With the Black Bow) symbolizes all the work of Kandinsky, the painter musician.

Henri Matisse is very present in the collections of the Beaubourg Museum. Among the works to be seen are the painting of the Two Dancers, the series of Blue Nudes and The Sadness of the King.

You certainly know Piet Mondrian: his famous canvas"New York City" is exhibited at the Centre Pompidou! You can also see the Triptych Bleu I, Bleu II, Bleu III by Joan Miro, the blue monochromes byYves Klein or the funny "Magasin " by Ben.

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Among the great names of the 20th century, we find Jean Dubuffet and his Winter Garden, Louise Bourgeois and her installation"Precious liquid",Annette Messager's Piques,Otto Dix's portrait of Sylvia von Harden, Man Ray's Violon d'Ingres, Frida Kahlo's self-portrait, and Marcel Duchamp's inevitable Fountain.

Finally, among the most surprising works, we can admire Niki de Saint-Phalle's The Bride, the antechamber of Georges Pompidou, by the artist Yaacov Agam, Plight, Joseph Beuys' immersive space, or Christo's packaged objects.

Of course, this list is not exhaustive: the Centre Pompidou still hides many treasures, which we invite you to discover without delay!

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Dates and Opening Time
From January 1st, 2023 to December 31th, 2027

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    centre pompidou
    75004 Paris 4

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    Metro line 11 "Rambuteau" station

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