THE EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THE PLANS FOR THE POMPIDOU CENTRE (CENTRE BEAUBOURG) BY RICHARD ROGERS AND RENZO PIANO, WINNERS OF A WORLDWIDE COMPETITION TO DESIGN THE NOW ICONIC BUILDING.
“In 1969, President Georges Pompidou decided that the vacant site of the Plateau Beaubourg should be used for the construction of a multidisciplinary cultural centre of an entirely new type. The decision gave new impetus to a number of different projects that would now be united in the new centre, with the establishment of a new public reading library in the centre of Paris, the provision of worthy premises for the musée national d’art moderne (MNAM), inadequately housed in one of the wings of the Palais de Tokyo, and the creation of a centre for new music (the IRCAM) inspired by the ideas of French composer Pierre Boulez. In addition to this, the new centre would take over the activities of the centre d’art contemporain in the rue Berryer while also incorporating François Mathey’s team from the musée des Arts Décoratifs, who had developed a dynamic programme of exhibitions of contemporary art.
“An architectural competition was announced, the first of its kind in France to be open to architects the whole world over: it attracted 681 competitors from 49 different countries.
“The international jury chaired by the architect and engineer Jean Prouvé chose a design submitted by a team of three, British architect Richard Rogers and the two Italians Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini, all relatively unknown. Piano and Rogers alone oversaw the management of the project; the two then went on to make separate careers, both later winning the Pritzker Prize, the highest award in the architectural world.
“Today considered an emblematic 20th-century building, taken to the hearts of the people of Paris and a special favourite of tourists from elsewhere, the new arts centre rising from the Plateau Beaubourg was at first compared by its detractors to an oil refinery. Piano and Rogers’ building continued to be a subject of polemic right through the 1970s, before becoming the icon and exemplar that it is today” (Official website for the Pompidou Centre).
Illustrated throughout including one large folding plate. Paris: Ministere des Affaires Culturelles / Minstere de L’Education Nationale, November 1971. Oblong (21x30cm) spiral-bound card-stock illustrated cover with original printed acetat overlay; housed in a magnificent custom box by noted book designer Sjoerd Hofstra. Only very mild general wear; a fine copy. SCARCE.
Price: $4,800 .