Free Museum Sunday in Paris (Pt. 2/2)

As a continuation of my previous post, today’s post is about my visit to the Centre Pompidou, specifically the Musée National d’Art Moderne, on “Free Museum Sunday,” aka the first Sunday of the month.

The child of an architectural competition, the Centre Pompidou is dynamic, bright, and bold. The unforgiving steel frames against the rounded tunnels sound strange in theory but somehow work in reality as a crash of chaos and confidence.


Here we have the whimsical Stravinsky fountain.


The Musée National d’Art Moderne is the largest modern art museum in Europe and one of the most visited art museums in the world. With collections of Modern Art, Contemporary Art, and a panoramic view of Paris from its top floor, it’s no surprise that the line was extremely long on the first Sunday of July.

So, I bought a crepe (creme de marron, so good!) from a nearby crepe cart and decided to wait in line.


Here’s an aerial view I took from the top of the Centre Pompidou (once I got in) so you can get an idea of how long the line was (this was just to get into the building!).


As I have mentioned before, I’m not an expert on art. I’m unsure how to interpret most artworks and have even less idea about the techniques utilized in their creations. This is even more true in the case of modern and contemporary art, but nevertheless, I found some pieces that I really liked.


Beautiful space, n’est pas?

The following two really stood out to me in their uses of color and shapes.


Warhol’s portraits of Elizabeth Taylor.


Of course, you’ve got to have Picasso in a modern art museum.


This next one actually had a warning sign outside of its room: those prone to epileptic seizures should be extremely cautious.

Initially confused, I completely understood after standing in front of it in person. It’s difficult to get the full effect in photograph and on screen, but you’ll just have to take my word that it overwhelms and disorients you. A truly strange sensation. One that makes your head hurt a little bit after looking at it for too long.

It feels like it’s moving.


This next one is one I would love to have in my future home.


So, all those previous works are considered modern art, which I prefer over contemporary art. Why? Because contemporary art confuses me quite a bit.

For example, this next one is literally just blue paint splatters on canvas. What makes it contemporary art is the fact that the artist had naked women, coated with blue paint, roll over the canvas. This may be unfair, but I couldn’t help but compare it the works of my preschool days.

I think it’s supposed to symbolize freedom or a similar concept. Not quite sure.


This next one I found pretty cool because it’s stuck on a wall and coming right at you, but it kind of creeped me out, to be honest.


This next one is…


Yup, a blank canvas.

Maybe I’m just awful at appreciating artworks like this one, but I really have trouble understanding why this is considered art while the blank canvas that I bought from Costco isn’t.

Yet again, because it was so confusing, I stood in front of that blank canvas for longer than I intended, trying to figure it out. I have to admit that it got me thinking faster than other pieces of work, so to the artist, you got me there.


To get from one level to another, you walk through some amazing tunnels.


There are some beautiful outside exhibits.


While level 2 and 3 are filled with exhibits, the top level gives you one of the most incredible panoramic views of Paris.

I’d recommend a trip to the Centre Pompidou just for the view.


Not only do you get to see the Eiffel Tower on one side…


But you get to see Sacre-Coeur on the other.


Some of my favorite photos were taken at this spot.


So was the 40 minute wait worth it? You betcha.