A "moviment" for tomorrow
Thanks to the support of the Ministry for Culture, it was decided in 2020 to conduct a programme of technical works. This will notably allow for the renovation and removal of asbestos from all facades, enhanced fire safety, improved accessibility for people with reduced mobility, and optimised energy efficiency for the whole building.
This important project necessitates the complete closure of the building. It also presents an opportunity to create a new large-scale cultural project for the Centre Pompidou, which should be operational in 2030.
Based on the notion of "moviment", a neologism created by Francis Ponge at the opening of the Centre Pompidou* in 1977, this cultural project aims to reinvent the original utopia of the Centre Pompidou while responding to the cultural, societal and environmental challenges of the coming years.
Among the foundations of the project:
- Multidisciplinary actions
Crossing the boundaries between disciplines has characterised the artistic singularity and DNA of the Centre Pompidou since its creation. The Centre Pompidou aims to continue to reflect and support contemporary creation as it engages with societal issues.
- Hospitality at heart
Designed from its inception as a space that is open and receptive to the city and its residents, the Centre Pompidou brings together and welcomes all practices, all forms of curiosity and creative aspiration. Marked by sincere hospitality, ever more welcoming, committed and responsive, the building will constitute a new address for visitors, passers-by and tourists.
- An experimental factory for youth
With the creation of a vast experimental section for youth, the Centre Pompidou undertakes to nurture and cultivate the free and lively conversation it wishes to have with tomorrow's generations.
- Eco-responsibility, the core of the project
By remaining in the current shell of the building, without any additional constructions or extensions, the Centre Pompidou opts for eco-responsibility. The transformation of some of its spaces will be based on the goal of effective resource management.
- The BPI will move to Le Lumière, a provisional site in the Bercy neighbourhood.
- The IRCAM will remain open to the public at its present site.
- True to one of its original missions, consisting of expanding its public and disseminating modern and contemporary art, the Centre Pompidou will avail of this period to:
- imagine different projects in partnership with Parisian cultural institutions such as the RMN–Grand Palais, the Louvre, and the Conciergerie…
- reinforce and perpetuate its activities throughout France with a view to long-lasting co-construction and partnerships in collaboration with its historical partners and all new players.
- Opening in 2026 of the Ile de France Centre Pompidou in Massy: a new centre for the conservation of the works of the National Museum of Modern Art, a dedicated space for conservation professionals and a programming venue open to all.
Learn more about the project and its prefiguration programme
In the heart of Paris, a heart, a muscle, a pump breathing in and out in continuous beats, endlessly kindling, regularly and occasionally less regularly, moments of emotion and fever; a body in the shape of a hexagon, and further off, other bodies touching this one...and further away still, from touch to touch... I could go on forever; this is what should be, would be, will be and already is the Beaubourg building. Not so much a monument, more, to invent a word, a moviment.
*Francis Ponge, L’Écrit Beaubourg, Paris, Editions of the Centre Georges-Pompidou, 1977