With the aim of bringing art and culture to French cities lacking their own museums, Paris’ renowned Centre Pompidou is going mobile. A collaborative effort between the French Ministry of Culture, Culture:City and architects Patrick Bouchain, Loïc Julienne and the BUILD has launched a traveling museum that brings the spirit of the circus to quiet towns while showing important masterpieces wherever it goes.
Lightweight and easily transportable, Centre Pompidou Mobile is an ephemeral building that is currently touring cities in France. Taking inspiration from the circus, the mobile museum consists of three flexible diamond-shaped tents that easily fold and unfold. The temporary structure is made from a taught waterproof plastic, and its colors reflect the original late-modernist museum’s exteriors.
In contrast to its bright exterior, the interiors are matte-white and plain, just like any other museum. One of the many exhibits on show is ‘Circles and Squares’, which uses universal forms to create curious optical effects, attracting visitors of all ages. The Centre Pompidou Mobile is a great way to introduce culture to small quiet cities that lack art hubs, and it’s a great example for other museums to follow.
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