Friday, February 10, 2017

Centre Pompidou

Wayne at the Centre Pompidou 

The Centre Pompidou is a straight 30 minute walk from our apartment.  It's a pretty easy building to notice among all the stone and mortar of Paris.  I call it the inside out building. I discovered Renzo Piano was one of the architects. The building is looking very tired.  The windows in the escalator tubes are very discolored and hard to see out. According to Wikipedia, 

     It houses the Bibliothèque publique d'information (Public Information Library),
     a vast public library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne, which is the largest 
    museum for modern art in Europe, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic 

We were there for the National Museum of Modern Art.  There collection is so large that they must circulate the displays.  I enjoyed the Fauvism area most.  

Paris observations:  Parisians smoke a lot.  A lot of Parisians smoke.  They walk when they smoke.  They hang out in doorways and smoke.  Young people smoke a lot.  A lot of young people smoke.  But thank god they can no longer smoke in restaurants.  And they all toss their butts on the street.  

Pictures of our short day at flickr.