Going to Paris to see an exhibition of American pop art isn’t perhaps the most obvious thing to do, but that’s how my last trip to Paris turned out. The bonus was that as well as getting to see the terrific Roy Lichtenstein collection, I also got to spend time in the Pompidou Centre.
The centre is probably loved and loathed in equal measure. For some, having its pipe work on the outside of the building makes it ugly.
On the plus side, it makes it very practical: interior walls can be shifted around easily to accommodate the exhibitions.
Admittedly, the building sits perhaps a little uncomfortably mong some splendid renaissance-era architecture in the centre of Paris.
The building is the work of Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Franchini. It opened back in 1977 and is named after France’s former president, Georges Pompidou. It attracts some eight million visitors each year, making it one of Paris’ top attractions.
I was grateful to have been able to catch the Lichtenstein exhibition there, having missed it in London. That’s one of the advantages of Paris being so close – and so easy to get to.