The Pompidou Center, better known as Beaubourg, is still one of Paris most touristic places and one of the world most visited museums.
The Pompidou Center was built between 1977 and 1981 by Piano and Rogers. Its architecture is the aim of rationalism: the structure is entirely visible and the decoration is directly made on this structure. For instance, one can see every pipe and know what it contains from its color. The iron structure is outside so as the escalators. This gives a large 5 stories place with no walls inside. This is very convenient to organize the museum around the pieces or for the temporary exhibitions. This is the French National Modern Art Museum. Collections of the XXth century, with master pieces from Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Dalì, Chagall, Miro...
After the recent modernizaton for the new millenium, realized by architects Renzo Piano, Jean François Bodin, Dominique Jakob and Brendan Mc Farlane, the MNAM (Musée National d'Art Moderne) de Paris has become even larger than New York Modern Art Museum (MoMA), its eternal rival.
George Pompidou Center isn't just a gallery: it also holds a library, a graphic laboratory, a video library, an architectural and design collections, a industrial creation center, an institute specialized in experimenting sounds and music and the reconstruction of the great sculptor Constantin Brancusi's atelier.
The square in front of the Centre is very popular. The crowds are animated by numerous entertainers. You can also see some modern art on the Igor Stravinsky square, just to the right of the square, where you'll find fountain with several kinetic sculptures, designed by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely.