Andreas GurskyCentre Georges Pompidou 1995

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Andreas Gursky (born 1955)
Centre Georges Pompidou
Date 1995
MediumPhotograph, colour, Chromogenic print, on paper
Dimensionsimage: 1376 x 2630 mm
Acquisition Presented by Herzog and de Meuron, architects of Tate Modern 2000
Not on display


Centre Georges Pompidou was produced in a small size (114 x 699 mm) in an edition of sixty for Parkett, the Swiss art journal. The print owned by Tate, however, is one of two artist’s proofs of the work on a much larger scale. The photograph depicts the mezzanine exhibition hall at the Centre Pompidou in Paris during an exhibition of the work of architects Herzog & de Meuron in 1995. Herzog & de Meuron were the architects of Tate Modern. In 2000, the year the gallery opened to the public, they presented this print to the Collection.

In the foreground a long display table traverses the width of the image, emphasising the horizontality of the picture plane. Behind it a series of parallel display tables recedes into the distance. The protective Perspex covering the displayed documents renders the surface of the tables reflective of parallel rows of fluorescent light tubes above. The strip lights and exposed ventilation shafts on the ceiling of the exhibition hall echo the linear placement of the long tables, reinforcing the horizontal focus and deep single-point perspective of the image. Visitors to the exhibition stand over the vitrines and look at architectural models displayed on low level plinths… (read more)

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