A couple of weeks ago, two friends and I decided to visit Le Centre Pompidou, Paris’ modern art museum, after class. It’s one of the few museums I remember from my family vacation nearly twelve years ago, so I was really excited to go back. Now that I’ve got my Sciences Po student ID card, I can get into most museums in Paris for free, so I’ve been trying to take full advantage of that. The best part about free entry is that I don’t feel any pressure to see everything or to stay long enough to get my money’s worth. Since I’m already a pretty slow museum navigator, it’s nice to just stroll at a leisurely pace and know that I can always come back to see whatever I miss.
The museum building itself, as you can see, is really cool. It’s escalators are encased in hamster tube-like structures that line the exterior and offer views of the surrounding neighborhood. The space bridges the notions of inside and outside — architectural design as art, I guess.
The works on display were equally impressive and often striking — here are some of my favorites.