Paris's first monument of the post-modern era, designed by Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, and Gianfranco Franchini, the Pompidou Centre has 28,000 square metres of floor-space to display the more than 100,000 works belonging to the National Museum of Modern Art. The architects' goal was to spread the logistics out of the main building to better serve the museum's purpose with 7-metre high picture rails. It also houses the 17,000-square-metre Public Information Library (BPI) and the Institute for Acoustic/Music Research and Coordination (IRCAM), dedicated to contemporary creation. It is the world's number two museum of modern and contemporary art, after New York's MOMA, and boasts a budget of 130 million EUR and no less than 3.5 million visitors per year. A visit to the Pompidou Centre constitutes a new form of cultural tourism in which the exhibition itself is an object of interdisciplinary study.
Le Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou