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Centre Pompidou unveils museum expansion in New Jersey

The Centre Pompidou in Paris has announced the Centre Pompidou × Jersey City project, with a new museum heading to New Jersey.

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The Centre Pompidou × Jersey City project was announced by Jersey City Mayor Steven M Fulop and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

“As the largest modern and contemporary art collection in Europe, the Centre Pompidou is the perfect partner to carry out our vision and solidify Journal Square as a regional anchor for the arts,” said Fulop.

“This is the latest major step towards our broader revitalization goals, utilizing all our city has to offer and establishing Journal Square as a cultural destination for generations to come.”

The international partnership to reinvent and develop Journal Square’s iconic Pathside Building is the Centre Pompidou’s first and only North American partnership.

Located adjacent to the PATH, the Centre Pompidou × Jersey City museum is designed by OMA and led by Jason Long. It will be a leading cultural hub that reflects Jersey City’s arts community.

The Centre Pompidou will create a programme that focuses on education via hands-on artistic and cultural experiences. The museum will house exclusive exhibitions featuring modern and contemporary artworks from the collection.

“We are proud to welcome the Centre Pompidou to New Jersey and we look forward to the opening of what is destined to become one of the premier cultural attractions in North America,” said Murphy.

The Pathside Building, which was acquired in 2018, covers 58,000 square feet. It was originally slated for residential units.

In the coming months, OMA and Jason Long will work with Jersey City and the Centre Pompidou on the design of the Centre Pompidou × Jersey City museum.

“We look forward to working with Mayor Fulop, Jersey City and the Centre Pompidou in transforming the Pathside building into a revolutionary new space for art, culture and community whose impact will be felt far beyond New Jersey,” said Long.

The Centre Pompidou × Jersey City

The Centre Pompidou previously opened a major new waterfront museum in Shanghai, known as the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project.

“I am delighted to announce this ambitious initiative with Jersey City, the very first of its kind and importance in America for the Centre Pompidou” said Centre Pompidou president Serge Lasvignes.

“Our ongoing experiments in Metz (France), Málaga (Spain), Brussels (Belgium) and Shanghai (China) have proven the strength and appropriateness of our way to go outside of our walls and conclude innovative partnerships.”

Meanwhile, Paris’ Centre Pompidou could fully close for three years or partially close for seven years for a multi-million euro refurbishment beginning in 2023.

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