“Centre Pompidou”

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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Daniel Cordier makes a new donation to Centre Pompidou

Art collector Daniel Cordier has made a new donation to the Centre Pompidou comprised of over 150 non-Western objects and thirteen major works by Paul Klee, Dado, Georgik, Bernard Réquichot and Louise Nevelson. Since 1973, Daniel Cordier has made numerous donations to different museum institutions. In total, the Centre Pompidou has received over a million objects and art pieces. In addition to its contemporary art collection, a part of which he has bestowed, Cordier also owns diverse objects, issued by non-Western societies, such as Chinese dream stones, and rice sickles from Cambodia. He made a first donation of these objects in 2010 and over time continued to reiterate his generous acts, providing the museum with numerous pieces which accumulated. The last donations have been joined according to the sensitivity of the collector, without specific purposes, throughout his life. The exhibition “Donations Daniel Cordier, the disorders of pleasure”, co-organised by the Centre Pompidou and Les Abattoirs of Toulouse, highlighted the possible connections between these objects and other works of art. In addition to the legacy of objects and works, Daniel Cordier has given numerous archives to the Centre Pompidou: the first set was related to the activities of the Cordier Gallery between 1956 and 1964, with the second set concerning personal items. It is an extremely rich documentation that enlightens the choices made by the art lover. It was in his joining the Résistance and working for Jean Moulin that Daniel Cordier began his activities as a collector. He opened his first gallery in 1956 and organised the first exhibitions dedicated to Dubuffet and Michaux. Cordier currently works as an art historian, and writes about his experience as a...

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Anselm Kiefer at Centre Pompidou

From 16 December 2015 to 18 April 2016, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is to host an exhibition dedicated to Anselm Kiefer‘s work. This is the first retrospective of the artist in France in thirty years, spanning the works of Anselm Kiefer from the late 1960s to present day. Bringing together nearly 150 works, monumental installations and large format paintings will be presented alongside more intimate works. Kiefer brings into play through these differing formats a long-gone industrial age; a mysterious presence of elements which the artist emphasises. Among the 60 exhibited paintings are included iconic paintings, such as Varus, Margarete and Sulamith. The exhibition will unveil nearly 40 glass “display cases”, created specifically for this event on the theme of alchemy and Kabbalah, the esoteric tradition of Judaism. The themes of time, as well as memory, are also at the centre of his work. In the lobby of Centre Pompidou, there will be an installation of a Saturnine universe, created with the artist’s favourite materials (lead, water, and metal) as well as thousands of photographs taken by the artist, which bring an almost biographical element to the piece. The artist produced the majority of these installations at Barjac, a commune in the Gard department in southern France, and his life and work environment from 1993 until 2007. Born in 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany, Anselm Kiefer is a contemporary visual artist who has lived and worked in France since 1993. He is considered as one of the most important German artists since the end of World War II. Kiefer is a key player in the renewal of German painting of the 1970s, from an international context marked by Neo-Expressionism. He represented Germany at the 1980 Venice Biennial, alongside Georg...

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