“Centre Pompidou”

Kimsooja at the Centre Pompidou Metz for French-Korean Year

For French-Korean Year, the Centre Pompidou Metz, in the East of France, is currently presenting the installation To Breathe by artist Kimsooja at its Forum and Gallery 2. The show will finish on 4 January 2016. The work presented at the Centre Pompidou Metz is her continuity of creating an encounter with the public whose focus is a moment of active concentration, a revelation of one’s body in space and time. To Breathe seeks to be a continuation of the artist’s early meditation on painting, where the surface of the canvas is perceived as a mirror that warps identity, space and time. In 2006 the artist noted in an interview: “For me, making space means creating a different space, rather than making a new one. The space is always there in a certain form and fluidity, which can be transformed into a completely different substance.” Kimsooja, born in 1957, is a South Korean multi-disciplinary conceptual artist based in New York, Paris and Seoul. She has devoted her 30 yearlong carrier and participation in over 30 international biennales and triennials. She represented Korea for the 24th São Paulo Biennale in 1998 and the 55th Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion in...

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Signed collaboration between Musée national Picasso, Paris and Centre Pompidou

On the event of the 30th anniversary of the Musée national Picasso, Paris, the museum came together with the Centre Pompidou on Monday 19 October 2015 to sign an agreement that will enable the two institutions to work much more fluidly and efficiently together. The agreement will allow the Centre Pompidou and the Musée national Picasso, Paris to practically organize projects between the two neighbouring establishments much more easily, enabling them to collaborate on exhibitions, to develop common initiatives and educational programs and to put in place standardized ticketing. The agreement will also allow the centres to work better together thanks to a lending policy and the deposit of works at both institutions. It will also make the flow of information and the sharing of documents a lot easier between the Museums. Currently, the two institutions are holding a joint exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, entitled “Picasso.mania”, running until 29 February 2016. The exhibition explores the controversy and contradictions surrounding the reception of Picasso’s works, particularly during the 1960s, and traces the myth and enigma of the artist’s name in his iconic...

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Serge Lasvignes’ Plans for the Centre Pompidou

Having headed up the illustrious Parisian museum for six months now, the new director Serge Lasvignes has unveiled his plans for the future of the institution at his first press conference. The government ex general secretary took over the post on 4 March 2015 from Alain Seban. Serge Lasvignes is looking to highlight the diversity and the varied disciplines of the institution, as can be seen in the programme of up-and-coming exhibitions. His priorities while at the helm are to remain faithful to the principals that founded the centre: a policy of cultural equality and the promotion of young talent. The museum has a duty to be accessible to all and attractive to private collectors, those who are not interested in contemporary design. This has to be done through mediation and giving the voice to the party with greatest vested interest; the artists themselves. A space of 400m² will be entirely dedicated to them, and will sit by the exit from the permanent exhibitions on the 4th floor for maximum visibility. He also wants the museum to act as a key to unlock the door to international art and is going to invite artists from emerging countries to exhibit their work a year from now at the Centre Pompidou. A restoration of the square in front of the museum is also in the pipeline, as a way of re-energising the Centre Pompidou. If it was in the 70s that the social role of the museum really came to the forefront, it was the 90s, primarily the States that brought the tradition of the museum as a ‘forum’ to integrate the population, as a space for discussion and debate, as Serge Lasvignes again wishes it to be. The museum’s website will also improve in its accessibility and its visibility on...

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Le Corbusier exhibition a great success

“Mesures de l’homme” has attracted more than 260,000 visitors in three months (from 29 April to 3 August 2015). It is the biggest success for an architecture exhibition organised by the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition has been a craze for visitors. The Centre Pompidou had hosted events dedicated to architecture before but none among them had such a great success. The retrospective dedicated to Frank Gehry is the second best achievement for Centre Pompidou, with 204,000 visitors. The exhibition is mainly focused on the influence of the human body on the work of the architect: the body is perceived as a universal principle that defines the architectural dimensions. These results have not been tainted by the controversy that plagued the exhibition: critics have denounced the architect for having had dealings with the Nazi and Vichy regimes. The Centre Pompidou and the Le Corbusier Foundation announced the launch of a research programme to shed light on these allegations. An avant-garde architect, Le Corbusier changed the design of the architecture and the very notion of “living”...

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Partnership announced between K11 Art Foundation and Centre Pompidou

The Hong Kong-based K11 Art Foundation has announced the creation of a three-year partnership with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This partnership will focus on contemporary Chinese art. The K11 Art Foundation will provide support to the Centre Pompidou in the context of its research program to find young Chinese artists. It will include the nomination of a Chinese curator who will provide a profound understanding of different movements that constitute Chinese contemporary art as well as a greater capacity to recognise fresh talent. This collaboration follows the exhibition “What about China?” organised by the Paris museum, which obtained veritable success. Adrian Cheng, founder of the K11 Art Foundation, remarked, “Centre Pompidou was one of the first international institutions to show its commitment to Chinese artists by showcasing the vitality of contemporary Chinese creation.” In addition to creating this partnership, Adrian Cheng has donated two pieces to Centre Pompidou, The Material by Zhang Enli, and Corporate (4 Knives Groups) by Xu Zhen. Adrian Cheng created the non-profit K11 Art Foundation in 2010, which aims to promote Chinese contemporary art abroad. Thanks to its framework, it has collaborated with different institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in...

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