The Centre Pompidou, the City of Light’s iconic hub for contemporary art, will receive a €100 million (about $106 million) renovation.
When the museum opened in Paris’s 4th arrondissement in 1977, reaction was mixed. Some celebrated the building, which was designed by Italian-born, Paris-based architect Renzo Piano and Britain’s Richard Rogers, and hailed it as a breath of fresh air in a city long resistant to modernism.
Others, criticized it for being out of step with the Neoclassical spirit of the rest of the city. Le Monde called the museum “an architectural King Kong,” notes The Guardian.
The renovation effort won’t replace the museum’s signature exterior “caterpillar” escalators, but rather replace aging elements of the exterior alongside an interior refresh. Museum officials hope to keep the center open to the public during construction.