Summer at the Pompidou Centre

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Summer at the Pompidou Centre

There is just no escape from contemporary art in Paris, and as always, the Pompidou Centre has some of the most original and exciting exhibitions. This summer, the centre honours two of the most important artistic and creative figures of the twentieth century: Paul Klee and Pierre Paulin. Two events that you won’t want to miss!

Identity of a prolific artist

There has not been a major exhibition in France dedicated to the work of Paul Klee for over 47 years. Now, the Pompidou Centre embarks on a major retrospective of his abundant body of work. Klee influenced and was influenced by the main trends of his time without losing his unique identity. Elusive yet prolific, the artist displays an ironic sense of detachment when dealing with the reversal of roles and values. And it’s that angle, that "romantic irony," that the curator of the exhibition has chosen as an approach to the incomparable work of Paul Klee. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, and watercolours succeed in giving an exciting and intriguing insight into the artist.

An architect and designer close to presidents

The link between the Pompidou Centre and Pierre Paulin is highlighted in this exceptional show. Indeed, the artist, designer, and interior designer, often made himself available to President Pompidou. He redecorated apartments in the Elysée Palace and designed a range of furniture for the president that combined wellness with aesthetics in a real " dialogue between form and comfort" in the words of the exhibition’s curator. President Mitterrand in turn called upon Pierre Paulin to give his presidential office a special makeover. His many talents are just waiting to be discovered at this exciting exhibition!
About twenty minutes from The Chess Hotel Paris, the Pompidou Centre invites you to visit between April and August for the Paul Klee exhibition, and from May to August for the event dedicated to Pierre Paulin. It’s a thrilling opportunity for you to explore the aesthetic forms and trends that influenced the arts in the twentieth century.