16 November 2018
The Centre Pompidou has announced that it will open a Chinese outpost in Shanghai's David Chipperfield-designed West Bund Art Museum, located in a new cultural district over nine square kilometres of former industrial land, in 2019. Called the Centre Pompidou Shanghai, the new gallery will be installed as part of a long-term cultural cooperation project between France and China that will start in 2019 and run until 2025. The new partnership has been described by the Centre Pompidou as "the highest-standard cultural exchange project of such long duration between China and France in the cultural field".
More than 20 exhibitions and events are planned for the gallery's first five years, which will each draw from the Beaubourg gallery's collections while also presenting representative works of Chinese contemporary art. As part of the cultural cooperation, the Centre Pompidou will also have the opportunity to organise displays of Chinese art in Paris.
Regular academic exchange programs are expected to take place during the five-year period and will focus on training employees in international museum operation and management. The Centre Pompidou will contribute to the project with its expertise and assistance, and play an advisory role throughout the collaboration, on matters such as curation, art conservation as well as public art education, in order to promote its international outreach," said a statement from the Centre Pompidou.
"This cultural cooperation will enable the Centre Pompidou to be present in one of the world's richest and most diverse art scenes, and to build bridges with local artists and cultural institutions in France and China."