One of the world’s foremost institutions of modern and contemporary art, the Centre Pompidou has a collection of more than 120,000 works, held by the Musée National d’Art Moderne (France’s national museum of modern art). The Centre Pompidou offers a unique multidisciplinary program to its visitors ranging across collection displays, temporary exhibitions, performing arts and cinema, as well as a public library. It produces around 25 temporary exhibitions each year, which, together with its acclaimed presentation of performances, film, lectures and talks, bring together all fields of artistic creation. It also promotes advanced research in the fields of acoustics and musical composition. The Centre Pompidou continues to uphold its original mission of making culture accessible to the greatest number by striving to reach new audiences through its event programming and development of new projects. With nearly 3.5 million annual visits to its collection and exhibitions, the Centre Pompidou is the third most visited site in Paris after the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, and the temporary exhibitions attract some of the highest numbers of visitors in the world for modern and contemporary art. It is housed in one of the most iconic buildings of 20th-century architecture, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Their bold structure, which opened to the public in 1977, is instantly recognizable for its characteristic multi-coloured metal tubing.

Cooperation Agreement between the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation and the Centre Pompidou

Paris, Sept. 30, 2016 – The Mao Jihong Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the signing of a three-year cooperation agreement with the renowned Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. This cooperation will be centred on research in the field of artistic creation in the 20th and 21st centuries, the complexity and diversity of non-western modernities, as well as the exploration of creative art forms based on open medium and transdisciplinary art practices with the objective of broadening the boundary of art’s social intervention.

With the support of the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation, this research program within the Centre Pompidou and a series of arts events in China, France and beyond will be carried out by experts from two different departments of the Centre Pompidou: The National Museum of Modern Art, and the Department of Cultural Development, with the support of the Mao Jihong Arts Foundation. The events will be presented to the public in Paris as part of the cultural program of the Centre Pompidou and will travel to China and possibly elsewhere in the world.

The recent rise of Chinese contemporary art, which now occupies a central place on the world art scene, reflects this movement towards modernity within a polycentric and interconnected contemporary scene. The programs envisaged by this agreement will deal with China as well as other arts scenes in their constant acceleration and displacement. Crossed visions between these different scenes, from France and more recently emerged nations on the world art stage, will allow a deeper understanding of the powerful arts trends in a rapidly changing world.