Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The iconic art museum - Centre Georges Pompidou just opened a branch at Metz, a northeastern French city. President Nicolas Sarkozy opened the new museum on 11 May.

According to Guardian report, Sarkozy hailed a renaissance of one of France's most overlooked regions today as he inaugurated the Centre Pompidou Metz, the first regional outpost of Paris's landmark gallery and a project expected to give a much-needed boost to the north-eastern Lorraine.

The new building is a glorious art work it self, and earned an affectionate nickname as "Magic Lantern". It does glow like an Arab artifacts. The building, designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and his French colleague Jean de Gastines, with its undulating roof, looks not unlike an adoring dwelling for the Hobbits.

Guardian continued: "Metz, a military city long fought over by France and Germany, is located in an unglamorous part of the country and is expected to be hit hard by cuts to the armed forces brought in by Sarkozy's government. Although connected since 2007 by high-speed rail to the capital in 80 minutes, it has yet to experience the TGV 'electroshock' from which other French cities have benefited."

"For its inaugural exhibition, entitled Chefs-d'oeuvre? – Masterpieces? – director Laurent Le Bon has acquired around 700 works from its sister gallery and dozens from other institutions in an exploration of what constitutes a masterpiece. Paintings by Picasso, Braque, Kandinsky and Miro are amongst those on display. One, Henri Matisse's final self-portrait called La Tristesse du Roi, was transported to Metz despite its great fragility and value."

Pompidou Centre Metz

Pompidou Centre Metz, Exterior

Pompidou Centre Metz

Pompidou Centre Metz

Pompidou Centre Metz, Interior

Pompidou Centre Metz, View from inside

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