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There are moments now and then that the architecture of our imaginations becomes the architecture of an actual place. Amusement parks can bring Hogwarts castle and the lands of Pirates of the Caribbean to life, the World's Fairs and international expositions (like the current Expo 2010 Shanghai China) are where countries call on their designers to create buildings that ooze the essence of their nation, and, on the more permanent basis, places like Las Vegas and Dubai pop up as small worlds of their own to which to escape to for a time- (and place-) warped experience.

Dreamlands, an exhibit currently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, celebrates these strange, other-worldly places. The show features more than 300 works of art--paintings, sculptures, architectural models, films, and more--that highlight these environments and the ways in which they have influenced how we think about cities. The exhibit closes next Monday, August 9. If you can't make it--or even if you're lucky enough that you can--we present this slideshow of images from the exhibition.

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  Portable City, New York (2003) by Yiu Xiuzhen. Suitcase and used clothing. 35.5 inches by 55 inches by 12 inches. Courtesy Alexander Ochs galleries Berlin/Beijing. © Yin Xiuzhen
    Portable City, New York (2003) by Yiu Xiuzhen. Suitcase and used clothing. 35.5 inches by 55 inches by 12 inches. Courtesy Alexander Ochs galleries Berlin/Beijing. © Yin Xiuzhen
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  Bawadi, Desert gate (2006) by Florian Joye. Photo. 32 inches by 24.5 inches. From the artist's collection. © Florian Joye
    Bawadi, Desert gate (2006) by Florian Joye. Photo. 32 inches by 24.5 inches. From the artist's collection. © Florian Joye
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  Untitled (Skyline) (2007) by Kader Attia. © Colin Davison
    Untitled (Skyline) (2007) by Kader Attia. © Colin Davison
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  Fun Palace for Joan Littlewood Project, Stratford East, London, England (1959-1961) by Cedric Price. Mixed media. 13.5 inches by 26.6 inches. © The Museum of Modern Art
    Fun Palace for Joan Littlewood Project, Stratford East, London, England (1959-1961) by Cedric Price. Mixed media. 13.5 inches by 26.6 inches. © The Museum of Modern Art
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  Untitled (Skyline) (2007) by Kader Attia. © Colin Davison
    Untitled (Skyline) (2007) by Kader Attia. © Colin Davison
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  Site specific, Las Vegas (2005) by Olivio Barbieri. Film. 35 mm on DVD. 12 minutes, 30 seconds. © Olivo Barbieri
    Site specific, Las Vegas (2005) by Olivio Barbieri. Film. 35 mm on DVD. 12 minutes, 30 seconds. © Olivo Barbieri
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  Installation showing Kandor con 2000 by Mike Kelley. Photo by Lepkowsky Studio.
    Installation showing Kandor con 2000 by Mike Kelley. Photo by Lepkowsky Studio.
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  The Goncourt Brothers stand between Caesar and the Thief of Bagdad (2003) by Allan deSouza. Courtesy Allan deSouza and Talwar Gallery.
    The Goncourt Brothers stand between Caesar and the Thief of Bagdad (2003) by Allan deSouza. Courtesy Allan deSouza and Talwar Gallery.

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