The famed Centre Pompidou at Paris is expanding its international reach with a satellite outpost in New Jersey – the first in North America.
The plan for the upcoming branch was announced at a joint press conference that had Steven Fulop (Mayor, New Jersey City), Phil Murphy (Governor, New Jersey), and Serge Lasvignes (President, Centre Pompidou). Tentatively titled “Centre Pompidou x New Jersey City”, the branch will open in a 109-year building in the Journal Square neighborhood of the city. The museum, which is close to the art-centric lower Manhattan, is scheduled to begin operating in 2024.
The project will be a 5-year collaboration between New Jersey City and Centre Pompidou. The city is reported to be funding the renovation of the building (which will cost around $10-$30 million) and the running cost of the museum. Centre Pompidou, on the other hand, will provide access to its curators and its exhaustive collection – which is said to have more than 120,000 artworks.
The announcement for the New Jersey museum comes at the heels of news about the closure of the Paris branch. The renovation plans will temporarily close the museum in 2023, and might not reopen before 2027. As such, it is speculated that the museum decided that it was a good time to expand into new territories. Other branches of Pompidou currently operating include KANAL Centre Pompidou (Belgium), Centre Pompidou Málaga (Spain), and Centre Pompidou Shanghai (China).
While the plan for the museum still awaits formal approval from the city council, Mayor Fulop is confident in the project. In an interview with New York Times, he said:
“The hope is that we will be able to leverage the Pompidou’s expertise, their experience elsewhere in the world and their collection to create something really significant here.”