In recent times, the Pompidou Heart in Paris has tried to increase its attain globally by opening museum outposts in cities a whole bunch, typically hundreds, of miles away. In 2015, it opened one in Málaga, Spain; in 2018, in Brussels; one yr later, in Shanghai.
So what’s the subsequent vacation spot for the Pompidou, the Parisian artwork museum and cultural heart?
Jersey Metropolis, N.J., naturally.
The establishment’s president, Serge Lasvignes, and the mayor of Jersey Metropolis, Steven Fulop, will announce on Friday that town plans to show a century-old industrial constructing in Journal Sq. into the Pompidou’s first North American satellite tv for pc. If the Metropolis Council approves the plan, the museum, which is predicted to open in early 2024, can have entry to artwork from the Pompidou’s assortment of round 120,000 works and to its array of consultants — in addition to the good thing about being related to one among Paris’s hottest cultural points of interest.
“Our thought is to be confronted with what could be very totally different,” Mr. Lasvignes mentioned. “For us, it’s a solution to study — to study new circumstances, a brand new manner of presenting artwork, a brand new manner of presenting exhibitions.”
In signing on to host the Pompidou satellite tv for pc, Jersey Metropolis has agreed to imagine the monetary burden of renovating the constructing and working the museum, which shall be referred to as Centre Pompidou x Jersey Metropolis. Town will even pay the museum an annual payment that covers venture improvement, branding and the group of exhibitions. A spokeswoman for town mentioned that town has agreed to pay the museum an annual payment that phases as much as $6 million over the course of the contract to cowl venture improvement, branding, instructional programming and the group of exhibitions.
The Pompidou’s international outposts will change into extra crucial for the establishment when it shuts down for renovations for roughly 4 years beginning in late 2023, briefly closing its hanging inside-out house — designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers — which has color-coded water pipes, air-conditioning ducts and a caterpillar-like escalator on its exterior. The satellites will enable the Pompidou to show artwork from its assortment outdoors its Paris hub.
Jersey Metropolis’s authorities has been working to ascertain itself as a haven for the humanities, simply throughout the Hudson River from New York Metropolis — one that’s prepared to put money into new cultural points of interest, such because the latest restoration of the century-old Loew’s Theater. In November, voters additionally authorized a poll measure that promised to create a brand new tax that might assist finance cultural establishments.
“The hope is that we can leverage the Pompidou’s experience, their expertise elsewhere on this planet and their assortment to create one thing actually vital right here,” Mr. Fulop mentioned.
Town has been searching for a use for the four-story brick constructing at 25 Journal Sq. — referred to as the Pathside Constructing, it’s adjoining to a PATH practice station — since 2018, when it bought the constructing for $9 million. Town prevented it from being changed into residential items, as an alternative promising to show it right into a museum and neighborhood heart.
Inbuilt 1912 as a part of a trolley compound, the constructing was changed into Hudson County Group Faculty school rooms and a library through the mid-Nineties. Throughout latest renovations, town uncovered a gallery area with 17-foot-tall ceilings on the primary flooring, mentioned Jason Lengthy, the chief architect on the venture.
The entire value of the renovation is just not but clear, however Mr. Fulop estimated it might be between $10 million and $30 million. To assist pay for the museum, town expects to lift funds from the personal sector and search state subsidies, Mr. Fulop mentioned.
Town has but to find out the creative course of the museum. Just like the Pompidou Heart in Paris, the Jersey Metropolis department shall be not only a gallery however a multidisciplinary cultural and academic heart that would host talks, movies and reside performances.
The pandemic slowed the negotiations between the museum and town, shifting the crucial conversations on-line as an alternative of in individual and stopping Pompidou officers from visiting the Jersey Metropolis constructing.
“It’s the first time we’ve concluded a contract with out being there,” Mr. Lasvignes mentioned.
The Pompidou Heart has thought of museum outposts in North America earlier than, together with in Chicago, however these plans by no means got here to fruition. As with the outposts in Málaga and Shanghai, the contract between the Pompidou and Jersey Metropolis will final 5 years, beginning in 2024, after development is predicted to complete; afterward, there would be the choice for an extension.