In Nîmes (Gard)
It is only 30 years old but it dominates two thousand years of history. Installed since 1993 opposite the ancient Maison Carrée, the Carré d'art contemporary art museum slightly overlooks the roof of the monument which hopes, in September, an inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Designed by Norman Foster, this glass cube blows out its thirty candles by offering until December a wide selection of its collection, exhibited since early May.
Also housing a media library, a conference center and a restaurant, the place - municipal property - has been designed as "a small Palais Beaubourg", as it wants to be the youngest of the Centre Pompidou in the region. As in Paris in the past, when the Carré d'art came out of the ground in the early 1990s, the local population cried outrage. Today, there is no one left to seek quarrel at work, as it seems in osmosis with its august neighbor.
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