Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation

One the floor above, where the conceptual wall drawings of American artist Soll Lewitt are exhibited (7 March 2012 to July 2013), lines play a major role again. Mathematical lines and surfaces, designed by Lewitt (in 2007 he died at the age of 78), are applied on the walls with great accuracy by dozens of young artists and academy students. This process was filmed and maybe that is more inspiring than the final result in the shoebox shaped hall between two 'bay windows', offering panoramic views of the French town.


The most interesting line pattern, however, is shaped by the spectacular building itself that, since its opening in May 2010, has put the city of Metz on the world map. Especially the waving roof is an eyecatcher and by its complex construction intriguing. The source of inspiration of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was a Chinese hat, which he found in Paris.
The wooden rafters, processed into hexagons, resemble the wickerwork of a straw hat.
They are overcovered by a more than 8000 square meters of glass fiber membrane with a self cleaning, transparent Teflon layer.

The building has a floor area of 10.000 square meters. The construction took more than 60 million euro and took seven years. Centre Pompidou-Metz gets, as a branch of the eponymous museum of modern art (from the 20th and 21th centuries) in Paris, for its exhibitions mainly artworks from the parent museum, which has a collection of over 60,000 items.

Overall conclusion after our visit: a fascinating building, where the boundary between architecture and art is erased.



Also view: www.centrepompidou-metz.fr