The Center Pompidou expands with a satellite “art factory” in the Parisian suburbs
The Center Pompidou has announced its intention to expand beyond its main campus in central Paris, by opting for a new “art factory” space in Massy, in Essonne, a southwestern suburb. . Although no architect for the project has been named, the 22,000 square meter facility is expected to open in 2025.
In a statement obtained by The Journal of the Arts, Those in charge of the Center Pompidou described the new space as “both a center of excellence for the conservation and restoration of works in the collection, and a new cultural and creative place deeply rooted in its territory”. It will also include a 2,500 square meter space reserved for live shows, conferences and screenings, all organized in partnership with various groups. Supported by the French State, among other investors, the curators of the art factory will collaborate regularly with academics from the nearby University of Paris-Saclay.
The existing Center Pompidou complex houses the Public Information Library, IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music) and the National Museum of Modern Art, the largest museum of modern art in Europe. key elements of the expansion will be the relocation of 120,000 works from the latter’s collection to the new satellite. The works in the reserve will be partially accessible to visitors, allowing a new type of direct interaction with the museum’s extensive collection .
The announcement comes as the Center Pompidou continues to expand. Its David Chipperfield-designed outpost in Shanghai, called Center Pompidou x West Bund Museum, is set to open next month. Another branch, designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, opened in Metz, France, in 2010. The original complex, in the Beaubourg district of central Paris, was completed in 1977. Designed by Renzo Piano, Richard Rodgers and Gianfranco Franchini, the Center Pompidou was venerated by the 2007 Pritzker jury for “transforming what were once elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven in the heart of the city”.