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Cycle 1

The theme



"Emotion, which very often comes into play in the interaction between a work and an audience and is the vital driver of any project, can be perceived as an exchange, a relationship or a transmitter. It’s no coincidence that emotion and locomotion share the same etymology. It’s the vital energy which conveys movement and drives it in new directions." 

Bernard Blistène, Director of the Musée national d’art moderne 


Inaugural event

"The Powers of Emotion"

14 - 15 September 2018

The 14 and 15 September 2018 marked the launch of the first cycle, "The Powers of Emotion".


The Accélérations event offered a participative and innovative programme, free and open to all, throughout all the areas of the Centre Pompidou. 


The "Accélérations 2018" event in figures:

  • 40 speakers, including Camille, Cynthia Fleury and Antonio Damasio.  
  • Counterpoint duos, immersions, interior dialogues and performances
  • Web broadcast (more than 700,000 views and comments)

The public was invited to experiment, feel and discover the numerous facets of the powers of emotion, through performances, debates, creative family workshops and theme tours of the permanent collections. In the form of duos, trios, sound interventions and artistic or theatrical performances, around 40 guests from various fields (artists, entrepreneurs and scientists) came together to explore, transmit and share emotions with the public. They included the artist Lhola Amira, composer Karol Beffa, artist Abd Al Malik, particle physician Nathalie Besson, singer Camille, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and the pianist duo Jatekok. The psychoanalyst and philosopher Cynthia Fleury was keynote speaker of the event.

The event was a huge success, with numerous visitors to the Centre Pompidou and live broadcasts which attracted around 200,000 viewers.


See the programme and images of the event

In-company artist residencies

As active participants in the outreach of the Centre Pompidou and contemporary creation, the patron companies hosted artists in their premises for several weeks. The artist in residency was invited to create a work, thus initiating an unprecedented exchange in the heart of the company and with its employees. The artists selected for the 2018 - 2019 are:


  • Hubert Duprat (France) - Teréga 
  • Lionel Estève (France) - Cdiscount 
  • Alexandre Estrela (Portugal) - Orange 
  • Agnès Geoffray (France) – Neuflize OBC 
  • Jonathan Monk (United Kingdom) - Axa 
  • Camila Oliveira Fairclough (Brazil) – Tilder 
  • Bruno Serralongue (France) - SNCF Logistics (Ermewa) 


"Points de Rencontres [Meeting Points]"

23 October 2019 - 27 January 2020


The Centre Pompidou hosted the "Points de Rencontres [Meeting Points]" exhibition, the fruit of the first cycle of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund, from 23 October 2019 to 27 January 2020. Designed by Frédéric Paul, curator of the contemporary collections at the Musée national d’art moderne, the exhibition was held on level 4 of the museum (Graphic Art gallery and Museum Gallery). 


The exhibition presented the works produced by the artists in residency, alongside works from the Mnam collection (Brassaï, Man Ray, Sonia Delaunay, Joseph Albers, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall and Jackson Pollock, etc.). 


Among the 120,000 works in the Centre Pompidou collection, some one hundred were chosen in relation to emotion, the theme of the first cycle of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund.

Certain essential works, such as the programmatic Lomolarm by Klee or The Deep by Pollock, entered into a dialogue with the works created during the residencies and conjured up a rich palette of emotions; from laughter to tears, love to hate, from Josef Albers to Yuri Albert, or Ian Wilson to René Zuber, from anonymous to highly-acclaimed artists, from 1905 to the present day. The exhibition path was also punctuated by unexpected encounters: Chagall with John de Andrea, Feininger with Gonzalez, On Kawara with Roland Sabatier, Roland Barthes with Réquichot or Fontana with Zobernig. These collection works, whether modern or contemporary, provided a reference framework to the new works by Duprat, Estève, Estrela, Geoffray, Monk, Oliveira Fairclough and Serralongue, artists born between 1957 and 1979 with multiple perspectives and fields of exploration.  


The "Points de Rencontres" exhibition, on level 4 of the Centre Pompidou, attracted around 120,000 visitors in three months. 




"Points de Rencontres [Meeting Points]"

Centre Pompidou publishing, 2018


The publication includes texts by Serge Lasvignes, Matthias Leridon, Matthieu Potte-Bonneville, Bernard Blistène and Frédéric Paul, in addition to "Residency Stories" by Damien Sausset, based on numerous interviews with artists and member companies of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund.  


Available from our online shop

Entry of works into national collections

The first cycle of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund, devoted to the powers of emotion, led to the creation of outstanding works by the seven artists in residency in member companies. Further to the Musée national d’art moderne acquisitions commission in late 2019, the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund was delighted to announce the entry of these works, in the form of donations, into the national collections of the Centre Pompidou.