INTRODUCTION: President Valery Giscard D'Estaing of France opened the capital's newest and most controversial art and cultural centre on Monday (31 January).
GV EXTERIOR: Pompidou centre
CU: escalator moving up glass tunnel PAN TO view from window
GV AND CU: workmen cleaning floor around Mannequins supporting posters in exhibition hall. (3 shots)
GV AND CU: modern paintings and sculptures in exhibition. (4 shots)
GV AND CU: Library (5 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Valery Giscard D'Estaing of France opened the capital's newest and most controversial art and cultural centre on Monday (31 January).
SYNOPSIS: It is the Georges Pompidou National Centre of Art and Culture which has been built in the old Parisian markets area of Les Halles. It was designed by English architects, Richard Rogers, and Italian architect, Renzo Piano. Their design has put all the services power, air conditioning, escalators, heating and drainage-on the outside of the building.
Their purpose was not only to make an architectural feature of the normally hidden infrastructure which makes a building live, but also to enable the Centre's five enormous floors to remain open and uncluttered. It has prompted critics to describe it as a "cultural supermarket" an "oil refinery", an "art hanger"
The project war originally conceived by President Giscard's predecessor, President Pompidou, in 1969 as a reaffirmation of the role of Paris as a world capital for modern art. It houses not only paintings and sculptures, but also a complex of music centres, theatres and libraries.
It covers an area of a hundred thousand square yards (83,612 sq. mtrs), and has cost a hundred million pounds (171 m. U.S. dollars). To maintain the Centre, the authorities will have to find fifteen million pounds (25 m. U.S. dollars) annually. It is expected to take over most of the collection built up by the old Museum of Modern Art.