France | exhibitions and events for the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - February 4, 2017
In 2017, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a program of exhibitions, events and performances throughout France.
cover-image: the Centre Pompidou, photo by Jonathan Savoie
1977–2017. The first of a new generation of cultural institutions, the Centre Pompidou was devoted by its founder to modern and contemporary creation, at the crossroads of disciplines: “A cultural centre that is simultaneously a museum and a centre for creation, where the visual arts rub shoulders with music, films, books, and so on.”
The underlying idea was that a society is more alert, capable of questioning itself and innovating if it is open to the art of its time.
Centre Pompidou, one of the winner image from the photo contest “Postcards from Paris” (c) Inexhibit, 2015-2016. Photo Giacomo Termini.
To share the celebration, the Centre Pompidou presents a wide programme of exhibitions and various events throughout the year, from late 2016 to early 2018. Exhibitions, shows, concerts and meetings will be staged in museums, contemporary art centres and performance halls in 40 French cities: Grenoble, Lille, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice… among many others.
40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou: the map of the cities involved.
“I would like the Centre Pompidou’s 40th anniversary to be a festival of artistic creation everywhere in France. I would like it to illustrate the vitality of cultural institutions that share the Centre Pompidou spirit, to celebrate the ties we have built with artists, museums, art centres, performance halls and festivals, and to develop and enrich a long history of shared projects that serve art and creation. I would like it to reach out to those who have loved the Centre Pompidou for forty years, as well as to new audiences. The Centre Pompidou’s anniversary will involve France’s entire territory, through a wide variety of events designed to create, assist, foster and facilitate projects,” says Serge Lasvignes, President of the Centre Pompidou.
Image of the exhibition “Apreés Babel, traduire”, MUCEM, Marseille. (December 14,2016 / March 20, 2017)
Image of the exhibition “Henri matisse. Le laboratoire Intérieur”, Musée des beaux arts de Lyon, (December 2, 2016 / March 6, 2017)