The Centre Pompidou app
Before your arrival at the Centre Pompidou you can download a free app onto your smart phone or tablet which will help you to explore and discover the building at your leisure. The app comes with plans of the rooms with the key information you require about the masterpieces on show among the modern and contemporary design.
The National Museum of Modern Art
This museum housed in the Centre Pompidou is one of the world’s most visited art museums as well as being one of the largest museums to display modern and contemporary art. It has the world’s second largest collection behind New York’s Museum of Modern Art. At the Centre Pompidou there are over 100,000 works of art, created by 6,400 artists that come from more than 90 countries. The works on show include painting, sculpture, print, drawing, cinema, photography, design and architecture. Every two years part of the collection is exhibited in a space measuring 18,500 square metres. On one floor is modern art from 1905 until 1960, while on the other floor you can see contemporary art created since 1960.
Some information about the building
The Centre Pompidou has ten floors. Each floor provides 7,500 square metres of space. Of the space available 12,210 square metres is given to the National Museum of Modern Art. 5,900 square metres is used for temporary exhibitions. There is seating for 315 people in the larger of the two cinemas and 144 in the smaller one. Conference or performance areas have seating for 384 people while a lecture theatre can host 158. The museums own research library covers 2,600 square metres while the public reading library measures 10,400 square metres and can accommodate up to 2,200 people at any one time.
The meaning of the use of colour in the structure
One of the striking features of the Centre Pompidou is the strong use of colour. This detail was incorporated by the architects to help enliven the façade of the building. The colour blue is used to denote the act of circulating the air through air conditioning. Yellow signifies the use of electricity, green indicates the circulation of water while red shows us the circulation of people when using the lifts and escalators.