The "Centre Pompidou × West Bund Museum Project" opened in Shanghai on 5 November 2019, is a major project for cultural and artistic exchanges between France and China.
Set in the heart of the new Xuhui Waterfront district, destined to become the greatest "cultural corridor" in Asia, the museum will offer a wide range of multidisciplinary programming throughout the year.
The 25,000 m² building comprises three large spaces and is located on the banks of the Huang Pu river. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the museum is organised around a central hall with a three-level atrium. The façades of the different sections consist of recycled glass, giving the complex an iridescent, opaline quality during the day and a prismatic quality at night, in response to the shimmering river.
The ambitious Centre Pompidou × West Bund Museum project is also unique by its very nature. Through this collaboration, the Centre Pompidou will lend the West Bund Museum its expertise in cultural programming whether in terms of museum exhibitions, live performances or cultural outreach. Drawing on the works in its collection, it will develop exclusive exhibitions in connection with the local cultural context, with the aim of presenting and developing cooperation and exchange projects with artists from the Chinese scene. Three of the museum’s galleries are devoted to displaying the Centre Pompidou’s collections. They will present three semi-permanent exhibitions over a five-year period and two temporary exhibitions per year. A special room, called The Box, is dedicated to presenting multimedia installations while a gallery will present in situ projects, featuring young, forward-looking artists. An auditorium is also devoted to conferences, screenings, concerts and performances, and an 800 m² hall will host educational activities.
The aim of this diversified programme at the crossroads of artistic disciplines is to appeal to all types of audiences and offer visitors the keys to modern art and contemporary creation.
With the "Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum", the Centre Pompidou has initiated a new project for cultural exchange and cooperation, building on the unique model it developed in Malaga and in Brussels – a model based on working closely with a partner to develop a joint project, aligned with the expectations and specific characteristics of the country involved.
"With this unique partnership, the Centre Pompidou is delighted to be part of the remarkable cultural movement initiated by the West Bund Group in Shanghai. From the outset of our discussions together, we formed a solid relationship of trust and friendship with our partners.
The Centre Pompidou has always endeavoured to showcase the vitality of the Chinese scene. This establishment in Shanghai will further strengthen our ties and is sure to foster new dialogues between the artists and cultural institutions of both countries."
Président of the Centre Pompidou