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Centre Pompidou Moves Forward with Launch of Shanghai Outpost

After more than a decade of negotiations, the Centre Pompidou in Paris has finalized a deal allowing it to establish its first exhibition space in China. The Paris institution and the West Bund Group in Shanghai is calling their agreement “the most important cultural exchange project” to take place between France and China.

The space is set to open in a wing of the West Bund Art Museum in 2019, and the Centre Pompidou plans to stage twenty exhibitions in its first five years. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the West Bund Art Museum is currently being built in Shanghai’s cultural district and is scheduled to open in 2018. The renewable five-year contract will be signed by both parties before the end of 2017.

Last year the Pompidou mounted its first show in China. Titled “Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906–77,” the exhibition featured works by Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and other well-known artists at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.