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Pompidou refit is like a frown on the Mona Lisa

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I read with concern your article 'Rogers lashes out at 'tragic' £54 million Pompidou centre refit' (AJ 13.1.00). The original masterly handling of the circulation, which was part of the joy of the building, has now been weakened and the clarity of expression muddled. Rogers and Piano are right in deeming it a tragedy. How would Leonardo da Vinci have felt if Jacopo Blogski had repainted the face of the Mona Lisa?

What is emphasised yet again is that in all cases involving a building of worth where the original architects are around, alterations should be under their control. The Pompidou Centre's [administrators] are as much trustees for the building as for the works of art displayed in its galleries.

John Bancroft, Sussex

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