Monographic, historical and themed exhibitions offer visitors a continually renewed overview of modern and contemporary art and creation with an international outlook. 

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Vasarely. Sharing Forms

Vasarely, Sharing Forms - EXHIBITION, February 6 - May 2019

Victor Vasarely, « Arny (Ombre) » (détail), 1967-68 © Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci/Service de la documentation photographique du Mnam/Dist. RMN-GP. © Adagp, Paris 2019

February 6 - May 2019

Gallery 2


The first major retrospective in France to be dedicated to Victor Vasarely. Through three hundred works, objects and documents, the exhibition explores the world of Vasarely and showcases all the facets of the prolific creation of the father of optic art, presenting every aspect of his work from paintings, sculptures, multiples and architectural integrations to advertisements and early studies.

Exhibition organised by the Centre Pompidou, Paris in collaboration with the Städel Museum, Frankfurt

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Guided tours:

- In french: every Saturday at 3pm and 5pm / every Sunday at 3pm

From April 20, 2019: every Saturday at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm / every Sunday at 12pm and 3pm

- In english : From March 3, 2019: every Sunday at 5pm

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Designing the Living [La Fabrique du vivant]

Designing the Living, "Mutations/Creations 3" - EXHIBITION, February 20 - April 15, 2019

Eric Klarenbeek, « Mycelium », 2012-13 © Eric Klarenbeek

As part of "Mutations/Creations 3"

February 20 - April 15, 2019

Gallery 4


"Mutations/Creations", the annual creation and innovation laboratory at the Centre Pompidou questions the links between the arts, science, engineering and innovation.
The exhibition "The Factory of Life" examines the changes in the concept of nature linked to technological production and retraces an archaeology of the living and artificial life.

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Erika Verzutti

Erika Verzutti, "Mutations/Creations 3" - EXHIBITION, February 20 - April 15, 2019

Erika Verzutti, « Missionary », 2011 © Eduardo Ortega, Courtesy de l'artiste

As part of "Mutations/Creations 3"

February 20 - April 15, 2019

Gallery 3


"Mutations/Creations", the annual creation and innovation laboratory at the Centre Pompidou, questions the links between the arts, science, engineering and innovation.

In an original layout that fills up the whole space, a body of work is deployed, full of animal and vegetal associations, asserting the right to be undisciplined, going against the grain of a neo-modernist and conceptual trend.
The first major European exhibition of the Brazilian artist Erika Verzutti, born in 1971 and based in São Paulo.

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Ellsworth Kelly. Windows

Ellsworth Kelly. Windows - EXHIBITION IN THE MUSEUM, February 27 - May 27, 2019

Ellsworth Kelly dans son atelier à l’Hôtel de Bourgogne, 1949 © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, Spencertown

February 27 - May 27, 2019

Museum, level 4 - Gallery 0, Prospective space


Tribute to Ellsworth Kelly, one of the major figures of 20th and 21st century abstract art, through the six Windows created in France between 1949 and 1950, in addition to a series of related paintings, drawings, sketches and photographs.

Thanks to close collaboration with the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation (Spencertown, New York)

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History/Histories of a Collection

May 25, 2018 - April 15, 2019

Museum, level 5


This new circuit revisits the history of the Musée National d’Art Moderne's collections as we celebrate the bicentenary of the Musée des Artistes Vivants, of which it is one of the heirs. This "retrospective" of the museum's collections is laid out in some fifteen sections scattered through the modern circuit. Over 120 works, accompanied by an all-new documentary system, explore the identity of the Musée National d’Art Moderne and its predecessors from the 1920s to the opening of the Centre Pompidou.

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Isidore Isou

Isidore Isou - EXHIBITION IN THE MUSEUM, March 6 - May 20, 2019

Isidore Isou, « Traité de bave et d’éternité » (détail), 1951 © Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP

March 6 - May 20, 2019

Museum, level 4 - Galerie du Musée


Stemming from archives recently acquired by the Centre Pompidou, the exhibition aims to reveal all the wealth of the work and thought of Isidore Isou, founder of Lettrism and unrestricted graphomaniac.

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Stéphane Mandelbaum

Stéphane Mandelbaum - EXHIBITION IN THE MUSEUM, March 6 - May 20, 2019

Stéphane Mandelbaum, « Francis Bacon », 1980, Collection particulière © D.R.

March 6 - May 20, 2019

Museum, level 4 - Galerie d'art graphique


The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Stéphane Mandelbaum, assassinated in 1986 at the age of 25 and his ability to take on multiple personalities make the life of this Belgian artist worthy of a fictional novel.
In the form of a narrative, the exhibition retraces the real and fictitious lives of Stéphane Mandelbaum through some one hundred drawings.

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Centre Pompidou’s Romanian season

The Franco-Romanian season - EXHIBITIONS IN THE MUSEUM, from November 28, 2018

Atelier Brancusi © Manuel Braun 2014

From November 28, 2018

Brancusi Studio ; Museum, levels 4 and 5


The Franco-Romanian season is an opportunity to revisit a key moment in the history of 20th-century international cultural dynamics, for whose development and affirmation Paris has long been the hub and in which the Central and East European art scenes have played a leading role. Based on the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, this Romanian season will help highlight, via the works exhibited, an extraordinary laboratory of artistic creativity that is closely and fully connected to the development of the history of modern and contemporary art.

Matisse - Pallady and La Blouse roumaine : Two artists under censorship

Until March 19, 2019
Museum, level 5 - Room 7

Mihai Olos

November 28, 2018 - February 25, 2019
Brancusi Studio

André Cadere

Museum, levels 4 and 5 - Part of the collections

Gherasim Luca : Héros-limite

November 28, 2018 - January 7, 2019
Museum, level 5 - Focus room

Ciprian Muresan et Serban Savu :

• The Conversation Without End

November 28, 2018 - January 28, 2019
Museum, level 4 - Galerie 0, Prospective space

• The Studio Without End

April 3 - July 1, 2019
Brancusi Studio

Adrian Ghenie : The Darwin Room, 2013-2014

November 28, 2018 - January 28, 2019
Museum, level 4 - Galerie 0, Prospective space

Ponctuations : Parcours dans les collections

Museum, levels 4 and 5

Isidore Isou

March 6 - May 20, 2019
Museum, level 4 - Galerie du Musée

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Shunk-Kender. Art in the eye of the camera (1957-1983)

Shunk-Kender - Art in the eye of the camera (1957-1983) - EXHIBITION, March 27 - August 5, 2019

« Autoportrait, Italie », vers 1966. Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender (2014) Photo : Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved © Centre Pompidou / Mnam-Cci / Bibliothèque Kandinsky / Dist Rmn-Gp


March 27 - August 5, 2019

Galerie de photographies


First retrospective devoted to the photographers Harry Shunk (1924-2006) and János Kender (1937-2009).

Commissioned by artists and their gallery owners, Shunk and Kender captured opening nights, biennials, performances and artists at work in their studios, at home or elsewhere. Both an essential documentation of late 20th century avant-garde art and a photographic work in its own right.

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Prehistory - EXHIBITION, May 8 - September 16, 2019

Louise Bourgeois, « Harmless Woman », 1969 © The Easton Foundation/Adagp, Paris, 2019


May 8 - September 16, 2019

Gallery 1


The Centre Pompidou is staging an original exhibition presenting the ties uniting prehistory with modern and contemporary art.
How, in the great period of crisis called «modernity», first artists, then society as a whole, felt drawn to their «origins» and how a fantasy vision was built up of «what preceded History». It reveals that some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st century were haunted by the question of «prehistory»: Picasso, Miró but also Cézanne, Klee, Giacometti, Ernst, Beuys, Klein, Dubuffet, Louise Bourgeois, Marguerite Duras, Robert Smithson, and, among our contemporaries, Giuseppe Penone, Miquel Barceló, Marguerite Humeau, Pierre Huyghe, Dove Allouche,
and others.

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Bernard Frize. Without Remorse

Bernard Frize. Without Remorse - EXHIBITION, May 29 - August 26, 2019

Bernard Frize, « Oma », 2007 © Centre Pompidou, Ph. Migeat / Dist. Rmn-Gp © Adagp, Paris


May 29 mai - August 26, 2019

Gallery 3


The Centre Pompidou invites French painter Bernard Frize (born in 1954) to take over the Gallery 3 space for a major exhibition of his works.
Some sixty artworks, from his beginnings in 1977 up until his most recent creations, reveal how Bernard Frize has been constantly questioning pictorial practices and the role of the painter for more than 40 years, condemning demiurgic gesture and creative ego in favor of a technical, banal, sometimes preposterous, and oftentimes absurd, process: «With unreason, without effort, with system, without system, with mastery, without stopping»…

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Dora Maar

Dora Maar - EXPOSITION, 5 juin - 29 juillet 2019

Dora Maar, « Sans titre », 1935 © Georges Meguerditchian - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Dist. RMN-GP © Adagp, Paris


Du 5 juin au 29 juillet 2019

Galerie 2


Photographe-artiste, muse de Picasso et actrice du surréalisme, Dora Maar a laissé sur les avant-gardes des années 1930 une empreinte indélébile. L’exposition, consacrée à son œuvre et à son temps, traverse la vie de l’artiste pour en montrer les multiples visages, et notamment les plus méconnus.

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Bacon, en toutes lettres

Francis Bacon - EXPOSITION, 11 septembre 2019 - 20 janvier 2020

Francis Bacon, « Study for Portrait (Michel Leiris) », 1978 © Bertrand Prévost - Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci/Dist. RMN-GP © The Estate of Francis Bacon / All rights reserved / Adagp, Paris and DACS, Londres


Du 11 septembre 2019 au 20 janvier 2020

Galerie 2


L'exposition est consacrée aux œuvres tardives du célèbre peintre britannique, réalisées entre 1971 et 1992, année de sa disparition.
Dans la seconde partie de sa carrière, Bacon fait entrer les livres dans ses œuvres. George Bataille, Michel Leiris, Nietzsche... viennent nourrir sa vision du monde polarisée entre civilisation et barbarie, beauté et laideur, vie et mort, ainsi que son travail permanent de déconstruction du monde « poétique », qui rejette toute forme d'idéalisme. 

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Cosmopolis #2

Cosmopolis #2 - EXPOSITION, 23 octobre - 23 décembre 2019

Vue du Centre Pompidou, 2015 © Manuel Braun


Du 23 octobre au 23 décembre 2019

Galerie 3


« Cosmopolis » est une plate-forme inédite d’exploration des pratiques artistiques enracinées dans la recherche et le partage des savoirs, autour des enjeux sociaux, urbains et politiques de notre temps.
Cette deuxième édition prend pour thème la relation entre espaces urbains et espaces ruraux, et ses implications culturelles, sociales et écologiques.

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Boltanski - EXPOSITION, 13 novembre 2019 - 16 mars 2020

Christian Boltanski, « La Chambre ovale », 1967 © Adam Rzepka - Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci/Dist. RMN-GP © Adagp, Paris


Du 13 novembre 2019 au 16 mars 2020

Galerie 1


Suivant un parcours labyrinthique, cette grande exposition rétrospective revient sur la vie et l’œuvre d’un des principaux artistes contemporains français, célèbre notamment pour avoir brouillé les frontières entre sa vie et son œuvre, exploré les lisières entre l'absent et le présent. 

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