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date: 01 December 2020

Pompidou Centre (in full, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou) Paris 

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Ian Chilvers

Cultural centre named after Georges Pompidou (1911–74), the president of France from 1967 to 1974. In 1969 he expressed a ‘passionate wish’ for ‘a place where the plastic arts, music, cinema, literature, audio-visual research, etc. would find a common ground’. The site chosen for the Centre was the Plateau Beaubourg (hence its colloquial name ‘Beaubourg Centre’), a once thriving area near the centre of Paris that had become derelict between the world wars. An international competition for the building produced almost 700 submissions, including bizarre ideas such as a giant egg and an enormous hand extended towards the sky, each finger being intended to house a separate department.... ...

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