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Arts Centre Pompidou Expands To China With Innovative New Museum

Centre Pompidou Expands To China With Innovative New Museum

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France  (Photo by DEA / C. SAPPA/De Agostini via Getty Images)
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (Photo by DEA / C. SAPPA/De Agostini via Getty Images)
By Kaitlyn McInnis
November 07, 2019
The French museum inaugurates its Shanghai outpost after a decade-long collaboration plan

The Centre Pompidou has unveiled its first Asian collaboration at the newly opened riverside West Bund Museum in Shanghai this past Tuesday.

Serge Lasvignes, president of the Centre Pompidou, said the project will foster more cultural collaboration between East and West by way of the arts.

“The Pompidou has always been committed to showcasing the charm and value of the Chinese art scene, and we believe that this relationship will be further strengthened,” Lasvignes said in a statement. “It will help to generate more dialogue between artists and the cultural institutions of East and West.”

The museum said its first five years at the museum in Shanghai’s Xuhui district will include three 18-month exhibitions and 10 six-month visiting displays that will feature both international and Chinese artists.

What’s more, for the first five years of the collaboration, the Pompidou Centre in Paris will also hold three exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art, as well as cross border staff training and exchanges between Paris and Shanghai.

While the Centre Pompidou’s other international outposts include Brussels, Belgium and Malaga, Spain, Lasvignes said the Centre Pompidou chose China for its first Asian expansion as the country as a huge market for the arts and many foreign artists were keen to work here.

“The art world has multiple centres,” he said. “We came to Shanghai because we wanted to enhance our understanding of China and we realised the importance, diversity and richness of the Chinese art scene.”

The West Bund Museum is set to open its doors this Friday, with “The Shape of Time”, an exhibition featuring works by both Western and Chinese artists, including Pablo Picasso, Ding Yi, Cai Guo-Qiang, Marc Chagall, and Jackson Pollock, to name a few.

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