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France's Most Iconic Modern Art Museum Is Opening an Outpost in Jersey City

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by Jori Ayers Jun 8, 2021

Centre Pompidou, Paris’ famous and highly celebrated modern and contemporary art museum, has chosen Jersey City as the location of its first US outpost.

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Centre Pompidou joined New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in the June 4 announcement of the Jersey City x Centre Pompidou Project.

The art institution is set to open in 2024 as a leading international cultural hub located in Journal Square, in the heart of Jersey City. According to the press release, “The center will provide an addition of exclusive exhibitions created with the modern and contemporary art masterpieces from the Paris Centre Pompidou’s collection.”

“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,” said Fulop.

The Centre Pompidou will exhibit artworks and will have an educational, hands-on art and cultural experience program, with a community component central to Jersey City’s ambitious and inclusive vision for the future.

The building for the outpost is four stories high and approximately 58,000 square feet. It was acquired in 2017 to create a new art and cultural hub for the city. Architecture firm the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) will renovate the building for its new purpose.

There are currently three Centre Pompidou satellites throughout the world: one in Málaga, Spain, since 2015; one in Brussels, Belgium, since 2018; and one in Shanghai, China, since 2019. The Jersey City Centre Pompidou will be the first of such outposts in North America.

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