The Centre Pompidou-Metz, the first derivative of a foremost French cultural institution the Centre Pompidou in Paris, holds its grand opening in May 2010 with the exhibition entitled “Masterpieces?”. Though it was built as an offshoot to the Centre Pompidou, the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum is entirely independent in its scientific and cultural choices.
Intended as a place of unique experiences, the Centre Pompidou-Metz will make possible for visitors to engage with artistic creation in all its forms. Throughout the year, independent cycles and key events will spotlight a particular theme or artistic field. The programming is intended to surprise the public and introduce visitors to new, enjoyable, shared experiences created by the unexpected combination of different disciplines. In addition, since children and teenagers are an important focus for programming, the Centre Pompidou-Metz will run permanent workshops for introducing children and teenagers to art, while other key events will spotlight the creativity of younger visitors.
The Centre Pompidou-Metz is a vast modular structure rising 77m above ground with vast modular exhibition spaces which incorporates a studio for live performances, an auditorium, a resource centre, reception areas, a shop/bookshop, a restaurant and a café. The hexagonal roof structure covers a building with a total surface area of 10,700 square meters. The Centre Pompidou-Metz is a place of excellence due to a multi-disciplinary programming of innovative, world-class temporary exhibitions.
(The Centre Pompidou-Metz – Shigeru Ban architect with French architect Jean de Gastines and Philip Gumuchdjian of London – image © Shigeru Ban Architects Europe et Jean de Gastines Architectes / Metz Métropole / Centre Pompidou-Metz / Photo Olivier H. Dancy)