The Centre Pompidou in Paris will open a temporary exhibition space in Seoul in 2017, and in China in 2018.
The first of these new spaces, Centre Pompidou Malaga, attracted 200,000 visitors in its first year, from March 2015 to March 2016.
The new Pompidou centres are conceived as mini versions of the Paris institution, and their target locations are new or temporary facilities.
The Paris museum charges an annual fee of around €1.5m for its services. Malaga was able to borrow around 100 works to create the main exhibition, and will also host two or three temporary shows each year, along with a range of other activities. All costs are borne by local partners, and contracts run for five years.
The extra money is welcome for an institution that has lost 9% of its overall budget because of government cuts, but what is also crucial is to involve local artists and meet emerging countries.
After South Korea, the next big “export” product will be another five-year centre in China, which might open in 2018. Discussions are at an advanced stage and several locations in Shanghai are being explored. The possibility of a new building may even be on the table.
- Serges Lasvignes, director at the Centre Pompidou