[NEWS] Paris’s Centre Pompidou to Open New Jersey Satellite Museum

June 7, 2021 

The Pompidou Center and its famed external escalators. (Denys Nevozhai/Unsplash) 

The Centre Pompidou in Paris will expand its international reach with a new outpost in Jersey City, New Jersey. According to a report by the New York Times, the new museum, which will be located in a four-story, 100-year-old industrial building in the Journal Square district, is set to open in 2024 with a five-year contract between the city and the French institution. The Pompidou plans to show works from its collection in the new Jersey City museum amid the forthcoming years-long restoration effort and impending temporary closure of its Paris venue. The new outpost, known as Centre Pompidou x Jersey City, will also prioritize programming like talks, performances, screenings, and more.

A rendering of Centre Pompidou x Jersey City. COURTESY OMA 

Called Centre Pompidou x Jersey City, the new satellite would have access to Europe’s largest collection of contemporary art and could feature a robust program of talks, performances, and screenings. The move adds to efforts by the institution to expand its global reach before its French flagship—designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and opened in 1977—closes down for four years beginning in 2023 for a major $243 million restoration. In recent years, it has unveiled new locations in Málaga, Spain; Brussels; and Shanghai.

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Jersey City has been working to become a haven for the arts. Credit via OMA 

“The hope is that we will be able to leverage the Pompidou’s expertise, their experience elsewhere in the world and their collection to create something really significant here,” Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop told the Times. The city has been looking to become an arts hub, and had purchased 25 Journal Square, a former trolley compound, in 2018 with an eye to making it a museum.

In addition to funding the museum’s operating costs, Jersey City is prepared to spend between $10 million and $30 million to renovate the building, whose overhaul would be led by Dutch architecture firm OMA with Jason Long as chief architect.

“Our idea is to be confronted with what is very different,” Pompidou president Serge Lasvignes told the Times. “For us, it’s a way to learn—to learn new circumstances, a new way of presenting art, a new way of presenting exhibitions.”


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