Picture of the Georges Pompidou Centre made 21 January 2007 in Paris. Paris’ Pompidou Centre, the mammoth glass and steel arthouse wrapped in coloured pipes, turns 30 this month looking to take its contemporary vision beyond France’s borders — and as far as China. Opened in central Paris on January 31, 1977, amid a public furore over its eye-catching futuristic design, the Georges Pompidou Centre — its full name — has since become one of the city’s most popular museums, with 5.1 million visitors last year, a million less than the Louvre. AFP PHOTO LOIC VENANCE / AFP / LOIC VENANCE