Diotima Schuck
6 February 2023

Will the Centre Pompidou be exported again? This is what the newspaper Le Monde reports in an article published on 6 February 2023. The museum is in the process of signing a two million euro contract with the Saudi government for the creation of a contemporary art centre named Perspective Galleries.

The project should be built on the site of AlUla, an oasis in the north-west of Saudi Arabia invested by the French Agency for Development to enhance its archaeological heritage and to make it a regional key tourist destination. The project to create the Perspective Galleries museum will be supported by the Centre Pompidou.

The Centre Pompidou will assist the Lebanese architect Lina Ghotmeh as a consultant and will support the project in terms of the conservation of works, the scientific programme, as well as the educational strategy for the new space. Upon Perspective Galleries’ opening, the Centre Pompidou is to lend works and participate in the development of the exhibition programme.

This new collaboration with a French museum follows the loan of the site of a statue to the Louvre last autumn and, more broadly, the cultural policy pursued by France in the Middle East with the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017.

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