Centre Pompidou to Open its first North American Outpost in Jersey City

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Centre Pompidou to Open its first North American Outpost in Jersey City

One of France's best-known art institutions, the Centre Pompidou, has chosen Jersey City as the site of its first North American outpost. Set to open in 2024, the satellite museum will host exhibitions drawn from the Paris institution's 120,000-strong collection of modern and contemporary art.

One of France's best-known art institutions, the Centre Pompidou, has chosen Jersey City as the site of its first North American outpost. Set to open in 2024, the satellite museum will host exhibitions drawn from the Paris institution's 120,000-strong collection of modern and contemporary art.

Scheduled to open in early 2024, the Centre Pompidou × Jersey City museum will become an all-new leading international cultural hub located at the heart of historic Journal Square, serving as a dynamic destination for residents and attracting visitors from all over the region, reflecting the energy and diversity of Jersey City’s burgeoning arts community.

The Centre Pompidou will provide its expertise to create an ambitious program emphasizing education via hands-on artistic and cultural experiences, with a community component central to Jersey City’s ambitious and inclusive vision for the future, making the Centre Pompidou × Jersey City a promising multidisciplinary art laboratory for cultural and educational programming.

The move forms part of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop's wider goals of transforming Journal Square, where the museum will be located, into a regional hub for culture and the city into a "larger destination for the arts," according to a press release.

Architecture firm the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned with renovating the historic Pathside Building, which was built in 1912. Originally an office for the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, it was used by Hudson Community College until 2017.

The disused space had originally been earmarked for residential use until it was acquired by the city in 2018, according to OMA.

As well as exhibiting art from the Centre Pompidou's vast collection, which comprises masterpieces by artists such as Frida Kahlo, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp, the outpost will also host cultural events and educational programs.

The opening will take place a year after the Centre Pompidou in Paris shuts for extensive maintenance work that the French government says will continue until 2026.

Opened in Paris in 1977, the Centre Pompidou has established several international outposts in recent years. In 2019, the institution launched a five-year collaboration with Shanghai's West Bund Museum, which borrowed around 100 artworks for the partnership's inaugural show. The Pompidou also has branches in the French city of Metz, the Belgian capital, Brussels, and Malaga, Spain.

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