VSW: Centre Georges Pompidou

Paris walk in Virtual Sketchwalk… this image from Joyce Harbin Cole.

I saw the Centre Pompidou just after it opened.
Parisians were protesting the building, calling it ugly,
but also protesting that they had moved many small museums into this one big museum.
Loving Frank Gehry, I was prepared to love Renzo Piano’s postmodern turned inside-out building., with the mechanical exposed and painted brightly for all to see.
Shockingly, I felt it somehow fit in contextually —
A detailed building of modern times among detailed buildings of old.
That is why this image appeals to me so much!

It is nothing like the boring flat facades that are being built all over
Portland Oregon — the city is looking like a Gulag.

But the Parisians hated it.

Loving the Musee Jeu de Paume, having spent several hours there understanding
how Money painted LIGHT, I understood.  Why go from a charming small museum
to this huge museum… They had the Louvre! Enough?!

But Centre Pompidou was a turning point for me.
I had never been a fan of Picasso.  But the curators of Centre Pompidou set him
next to his peers in such a way that made me understand the genius.
He stepped off the edge!
Without reading a word they showed me his genius.

I spent days there…

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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2 Responses to VSW: Centre Georges Pompidou

  1. John Holton says:

    New isn’t always bad, and old isn’t always better.


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