The Pompidou Centre is to close from 2023 for four years of renovations, France’s culture minister has said.
“There were two options, one involved renovating the centre while keeping it open, the other was closing it completely. I chose the second because it should be shorter and a little bit less expensive”
culture minister Roselyne Bachelot
The iconic building, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers and opened in 1977 is in need of severe restoration, which is currently projected to cost roughly €200+ million.
“We don’t have a choice, the building is suffering,” lamented Serge Lasvignes, the museum’s president. Among the intended fixes are the removal of asbestos from its windows and façade, and the reworking of the iconic exposed water pipes, electrical and air-conditioning conduits, and elevators, all in bright primary colours, that grace the building’s exterior.
Outset Contemporary Art Fund has announced the recipients of six grants being awarded by the Outset Partners programme. In Cycle III (2021), a total of £275,000 is being awarded across a range of agenda-setting museums, galleries, and public institutions – both within the UK and internationally – to support challenging new art projects with a demonstrable transformative aspect for the creative ecosystem.
Serge Lasvignes, chairman of the board of the Centre Pompidou-Metz and Chairman of the Centre national d’art et de culture-Georges Pompidou, has appointed Chiara Parisi Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz