Pompidou Centre in Paris to close for four years

The museum, which is located in Paris, was designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano and opened its doors to residents and tourists in 1977.

The Pompidou Centre is set to be closed for four years in order to carry out renovations, the culture minister has confirmed.

It is one of the top cultural attractions in France but is in need of essential maintenance so will be shut from 2023 and reopen in time for its 50th anniversary in 2027.

Culture minister Roselyne Bachelot told Le Figaro newspaper: “There were two options, one involved renovating the centre while keeping it open, the other was closing it completely.

“I chose the second because it should be shorter and a little bit less expensive.”

During the renovations asbestos will be removed as well as work undertaken on general wear and tear on the building, Serge Lasvignes the president of the Pompidou Centre said.

He confirmed the building will also be adapted to meet the needs of people with reduced mobility, as reported by The Art Newspaper.

Like many cultural attractions across Europe the museum has been closed for significant stretches of time due to Covid-19. It has been shut since October and prior to that closed from March until June last year.

The complexly designed house of modern and contemporary art regularly attracted millions of visitors before the pandemic struck.

The museum features pieces from Henri Matisse, Marchel Duchamp, Andy Warhol and Sophie Calle.

Russia’s MTS Launches Pilot 5G Network in Moscow Hotspots

Russia’s top cellphone carrier MTS said Friday it has launched the country’s first pilot 5G network in Moscow.

MTS said it opened 14 hotspots across the city’s main tourist attractions, including Lubyanka Square near Red Square, the Moscow City financial district and the VDNKh exhibition center.

Participants of MTS’ pilot project with eligible smartphones will be able to enjoy Ultra HD videos and cloud gaming as well as augmented and virtual reality services.

MTS president Alexei Kornya said technicians will be working to improve 5G test infrastructure during the pilot period, according to the RBC news website.

Users will not yet be able to connect to the fifth-generation network independently, RBC reported.

Instead, selected participants will receive a text message inviting them to connect to the pilot network based on an analysis of their movement and internet use data.

“By enabling the ‘Access to 5G’ option, you are confirming your participation in scientific, research, experimental and design work on the deployment of 5G networks in the Moscow pilot zones,” MTS said in a footnote on its website.

MTS signed a 5G development deal with Huawei in 2019 as the Chinese company faced pressure from the United States, which blacklisted it over spying concerns.

Its 14-zone network appears two years after Sweden’s Ericsson announced the opening of Russia’s first 5G zone on Tverskaya Street with MTS’ rival Tele2.

Russia adopted a roadmap last year intending to roll out 5G networks across 10 cities by 2024.

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