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The Centre Pompidou’s long-awaited offshoot branch in Shanghai will open on 8 November. Exhibitions drawn from the holdings of the Beaubourg Gallery will be shown in the new outpost, called Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, based in a wing of the 25,000 sq. m West Bund Art Museum designed by the UK architect David Chipperfield.
The opening season of exhibitions will focus on the themes of time and memory; these include The Shape of Things (November-May 2021) organised by Marcella Lista, chief curator of the new media collection at the National Museum of Modern Art-Centre Pompidou, which will encompass around 100 works drawn from the collection. A second show entitled Observations will include around 20 new media works dating from 1972 to 2017.
The project is driven by the district government of Xuhui and the Shanghai-based West Bund Development Group, which builds and manages real estate in the area. The West Bund project comes after plans to set up a Centre Pompidou branch in Shanghai were shelved in 2007.