Metz’s Pompidou, France

A new Pompidou centre has opened in the regional town of Metz east of Paris. It is close to the German border so we took the high speed TGV from Paris to Metz and stayed a night so we could enjoy this new gallery at our leisure. 

The gallery was designed by Shigeru Ban, a Japanese co-architect, who worked with the French architect Jean de Gastines and Englishman Philip Gumuchdjian.

The roof’s under side is based on an Asian farmers hat and at the same time is also reminiscent of the structure of roof beams in ceilings in French and German architecture. I did not doctor the sky into blue on my computer, it was a grey day but all that white also helps me imagine this roof covered in snow in winter. 

The exhibition has come from its parent Pompidou and it aims to present the best of the masters and it delivers. At first we were disappointed with the ground level exhibiting space thinking the rooms too small therefore making it uncomfortable viewing when moving around with the large crowd but as we rose higher on the floors the exhibition and the space improved vastly.Soutine has become a favourite of mine since seeing so many of his paintings in Paris and once again he and I share a passion for red.Photos not allowed but I managed a few for the blog.  I switched off the flash and this one is taken at an angle only because too many people were in the way.

On the top floor there is an exhibition comprising all the architectural models of France’s art museums throughout the country or French colonies. It was a roll call of places to visit before you die for art and design enthusiasts.

Love this view of city of Metz from Pompidou gallery.

Musee de Metz

Now on to a gem of a museum in Metz that will be overshadowed by the Pompidou but I am optomistic for them that they will get a run off from the increased tourism that the Pompidou brings, so true art and history lovers like ourselves will make the time. If you are planning a visit to Metz just because you have heard of the Pompidou don’t overlook this one.

Statuary of the Chèvremont granary on the basement floor and Roman statuary on ground floor.

To do justice to this museum you need plenty of time, we only managed the Medieval and Roman collections and that took us around two hours.We will be returning another time in the future to see more.

More Contemporary art

Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Lorraine is a contemporary art space and whilst we were in town an exhibition called Flying Down to Earth was on. The gallery assistant did not have any literature in English but gave us a full explanation and then when I got back to my computer I found the website had a translation in English along with a PDF of the catalogue in English.

Metz contemporary art centre website for further information. Photos are of the entrance and of the courtyard.

Inside this traditional building you will find a whitewashed space and there are large exhibition rooms with excellent lighting. And guess what all the video was working. So tired of the equipment not being up to scratch in many video installations in other galleries we visit.

A small yellow minibus goes through the old town to the Pompidou, it is named ARTIS BUS.

Next blog on Metz will be where we stayed and of course tastetravel would not be complete if I didn’t tell you what culinary finds we had.


  1. #1 by Debra Kolkka on October 6, 2010 - 8:36 am

    What an amazing place – again. Aren’t we lucky to be able to visit so many fabulous places?

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