National museum of Modern Art, Pompidou Center. Paris. France.
The National center of art and Georges-Pompidou culture was opened with the public in 1977. The architectural program of the Georges-Pompidou Center was the subject of an international contest launched in July 1969 which gathered 681 projects including 186 French and 491 foreigners, suggested by 49 countries. A jury decreed the price with the project presented by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in July 1971. Its architecture of metal and glass, very discussed and based on flexibility and the transparency, wanted to be the emblem of an instrument of communication of mass. The great success which the important multi-field exposures knew (Paris-New York, Paris-Berlin, etc) and monographic (Magritte, Dalí, Pollock, Bonnard…) caused in particular to relegate in the shade the importance of the permanent collections of the museum. However, since 1977, these collections did not cease growing rich at the point to be indicated, since 1985, among most important of the world.
Among the masterpieces presented to the national museum of Modern art appear in particular of the major whole of Matisse, Derain, Brancusi, Braque, Picasso, Giacometti, Leger, Duchamp, Dubuffet, Viallat, Hantaï, Boltanski, Beuys, Kline, Pollock, Stella, Rauschenberg, etc
The collections of the Center Pompidou, national museum of Modern art, contain more than 30 000 parts.