Metz, 20 September 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)
The Centre Pompidou-Metz opened its doors on 12 May 2010. This month, just sixteen months after its opening, the museum will welcome its 1,000,000th visitor. This symbolic entrance underlines the success of the institution and of its program.
Displaying modern and contemporary art over more than 5000 square meters, the establishment is now the first museum in France with highest frequentation outside Paris and its suburbs. If the novelty of the building is attractive, its calendar is just as important: the first temporary exhibition entitled “Chefs-d’oeuvre?” attracted more than 900,000 visitors.
Initially, the yearly previsions by the administrative team estimated a turn around of 250,000 people. Whilst the numbers are more than positive, the high level of frequentation is also due to the novelty of the museum. Curiosity sparked by the building and the novelty of the institution will surely have contributed to the museums current success.
The Centre Pompidou-Metz has now to find its own rhythm, with the quality of the programming vital in maintaining the high number of visitors. Two important exhibitions will open during the autumn: “Wander, Labyrinthine Variations”, which has already began, and “Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Bivouac” will start on 7 October.