Ever since September 2017, the Pompidou Centre has renewed itself and offers a new course: museum(s) in action, more fluent, reachable, a walk from modern to contemporary art.

Here are some crushes, some rooms along this artistic itinerary that dives us in different universes.

Room 6

Meet Le Jardin d’Hiver de Jean Dubuffet, a giant painting created between 1969 and 1970.

Jardin d’Hiver is the first significant expansion realized by Jean Dubuffet.

This artwork is born from a vinyl painted polystyrene, made from June 1969 to August 1970.

In this garden, which looks like more a cavern, the setting is limited to black drawings on white background, the ground and walls are battered and drops highlighted, sometimes contradicted by the drawings.

The eye gets lost in the complete reassessment of perception, but the main feeling remains the quiet atmosphere.

Room 8

The game of light and space with the artwork Untitled of Dan Flavin.

The creation implements florescent tubes of various colours assembled as squares, some are oriented to the inside, others to the outside, lightening the closed space where the audience is wandering.

The luminous tube is the key element of Dan Flavin’s compositions whether it is small or giant pieces.

Creating « strange visual states », his artwork gets close to minimal art, when the object merges with the three dimensions of reel space.

Irradiating space, the context becomes content.

It is impossible to tell the border between the inside creation and its outside, questioning through the pieces, the true definition of traditional artwork.

Room 10 bis

Elysium Palace’s antechamber fitting out realized by the artist Yaacov Agam at the request of President Georges Pompidou

This artwork includes a polished steel sculpture « Triangle volant », a chandelier, a carpet, 6 doors in coloured transacryl, 53 bicolour painted glasses, 32 diffusing glasses, 54 white sheet metal reflectors and many more elements I let you discover, letting no eye insensitive.

In 1971 , Yaacov Agam receives an official order from President Georges Pompidou to arrange the antechamber of the private rooms at the Elysium Palace.

This room has a decor which unites painting and decorative art.

 The facing wall represents itself 900 shades of colours, each modulated colour slowly turns into an undulating effect.

This pictorial artwork is as disturbing as surprising.

Room 13

End of this atypical artistic submersion with the discovery of « L’Arte Povera », movement born in Italy in the 70’s.

Describing a new symbolical power in opposition with the American pop and minimalism, attentive to traces, to the most basic signs of life, the artists members of this movement claims ancient gestures.

As a result, the chosen materials are often natural of reused.

The artwork « Respirare L’ombra » of Giuseppe Penone, represents a room, walls recovered of laurel leaves, maintained in giant rectangular fences.

Troubling, a sculpture in golden bronze, represents two lungs, disturbs the presence of this green in that ventilated atmosphere.

The perfume, the leaves ‘drying and their change of colour, reminds of time passing by, « the aging of things ».

This poetic creation, makes us understand our senses, awaking sensations, especially through the awareness of our own breathing.

To learn more: https://www.centrepompidou.fr/fr/lib/Musee