The story begins in 1969 when President Georges Pompidou decided to begin construction of a cultural center combining a library accessible to the masses, a center of musical creation and a national museum of modern art. The non-standard architecture was controversial throughout the 70s, but the center is now recognized as one of the most emblematic of the twentieth century! Its originality is especially expressed through the strong presence of colored piping on its facade, with a specific color code: blue for air movement, green for water flow, yellow for electric circulations and finally red for escalators and elevators. Moreover, the site itself is considered an heir of the futuristic architecture of the 1960s with the use of atypical structures in glass and metal.
Today this art and culture center houses one of the three most important modern and contemporary art collections in the world, along with the MOMA in New York and the Tate Modern in London. In addition to its temporary collections that are always rich and regularly updated, the center offers many activities as well as shows and concerts open to a wide public.