After a decade of negotiations, the Pompidou Centre in Paris has confirmed that they have finalized a deal to launch their first Chinese location in Shanghai.
The gallery, which houses a collection of more than 120,000 artworks, is regarded as one of the most important modern art galleries in the world, second only to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
French President Emmanuel Marcon confirmed during his first state visit to China earlier this month that the Pompidou Centre will operate a franchise at the West Bund Art Museum, set to be opened to the public in 2019. Called the Centre Pompidou Shanghai, it will showcase around 20 exhibits over five years, with a focus on contemporary Chinese art.
A new wing is being built by British architect David Chipperfield along the Xuhui Waterfront to accomodate the gallery. The same area also houses the Long Museum West Bund, the Yuz Museum, and the Shanghai Centre of Photography. Composed of three 18 m-tall gallery volumes, the 25,000 sqm museum is centred around a three-storey lobby with a sprawling triple-height atrium.
The Centre Pompidou has described the deal as being "the highest standard cultural exchange project of such long duration between China and France in the cultural field."
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