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Centre Pompidou Foundation: L.A.’s French connection

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The organization works to boost the American art quotient at France’s National Museum of Modern Art.
By Suzanne Muchnic
May 3, 2009
The Pompidou Center is a magnet for students, tourists and arts aficionados in central Paris, housing the National Museum of Modern Art, a public library and performance spaces in an inside-out building with mechanical systems encased in giant red, blue and green pipes and a view-to-die-for escalator in a transparent cylinder. But it gets by with a little help from its American friends — and they are based in Los Angeles.
The Centre Pompidou Foundation, a nonprofit organization that allows donors to reap tax benefits, acquires and encourages gifts of American art and design for the museum’s permanent collection. To be sure, it’s not the only U.S. group lending a hand to a government-supported bastion of high culture overseas: There are similar affiliations for the Louvre, St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, Jerusalem’s Israel Museum and London’s Royal Academy of Arts, British Museum and Tate Gallery. All of those — including the American Friends of the Israel Museum, with a branch office in Beverly Hills — have their headquarters in New York. The Pompidou’s is the only group of its kind based in L.A.

Centre Pompidou Foundation

The organization works to boost the American art quotient at France’s National Museum of Modern Art.

The Pompidou Center is a magnet for students, tourists and arts aficionados in central Paris, housing the National Museum of Modern Art, a public library and performance spaces in an inside-out building with mechanical systems encased in giant red, blue and green pipes and a view-to-die-for escalator in a transparent cylinder. But it gets by with a little help from its American friends — and they are based in Los Angeles.

The Centre Pompidou Foundation, a nonprofit organization that allows donors to reap tax benefits, acquires and encourages gifts of American art and design for the museum’s permanent collection. To be sure, it’s not the only U.S. group lending a hand to a government-supported bastion of high culture overseas: There are similar affiliations for the Louvre, St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, Jerusalem’s Israel Museum and London’s Royal Academy of Arts, British Museum and Tate Gallery. All of those — including the American Friends of the Israel Museum, with a branch office in Beverly Hills — have their headquarters in New York. The Pompidou’s is the only group of its kind based in L.A.

via: LATimes

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Written by Jon Cronin

May 3, 2009 at 03:57

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