Shang­hai’s cul­tural cor­ri­dor

Paris Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre to open art gallery in Shang­hai.

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THE Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre in Paris, which houses the world's sec­ond big­gest col­lec­tion of mod­ern art, is close to sign­ing a deal for a fran­chise gallery in Shang­hai, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased on Tues­day.

It will show around 20 ex­hi­bi­tions over five years in a wing of the new West Bund Art Mu­seum, which is be­ing built in the cul­tural district of China's com­mer­cial capital by Bri­tish ar­chi­tect David Chip­per­field.

The Paris gallery, which also has plans to open branches in South Korea and Bel­gium, has been in talks for more than a decade with the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties.

Last year it staged its first show in China called Mas­ter­pieces From The Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou 1906-77 fea­tur­ing work by Pablo Pi­casso, Mar­cel Duchamp and other big names at the Shang­hai Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

The gallery said it had signed a pro­to­col with the pub­licly-owned West Bund Group for a re­new­able five-year deal to stage ex­hi­bi­tions in the new mu­seum from 2019.

The com­pany has been turn­ing part of the for­merly in­dus­trial Xuhui district of the city into a 11km “cul­tural cor­ri­dor” along the Huangpu River.

In the state­ment, the Pom­pi­dou hailed the deal as “the most im­por­tant long-term cul­tural ex­change project” be­tween France and China and said it would give “an im­por­tant place to con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese art” in the new gallery.

It said its new fran­chise would be called the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou Shang­hai (West Bund).

The West Bund Mu­seum is due to be com­pleted at the end of 2018. It will be a ma­jor boost to the area's at­trac­tions, which al­ready in­clude the pri­vate Long Mu­seum West Bund, the Yuz Mu­seum, and the Shang­hai Cen­tre of Pho­tog­ra­phy.

The Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre – which also houses a li­brary and cin­e­mas – was an ar­chi­tec­tural sen­sa­tion when it first opened in Paris in 1977.

Its col­lec­tion of more than 120,000 art­works is re­garded as the sec­ond most im­por­tant in the world af­ter the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York. – AFP Re­laxnews

An ex­hi­bi­tion by French artist Ben­jamin Vaultier at the Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre in Paris. The gallery has plans to open branches in South Korea and Bel­gium.

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