The Easel

The Art Machine: The Centre Pompidou at 40

The Pompidou has been hugely successful.  Its radical design, coming from then unknown architects, yielded a highly workable building. Further, its “genius” first director created a defining inter-disciplinary programme. Perhaps most importantly, its aspiration to be accessible to the general public has worked. Perhaps too much: “[we want] openness and accessibility … but we also have to defend more and more the silence.”