When Jean-Jacques Aillagon was appointed President of the Centre Georges-Pompidou in 1996, major work implied closure of the Centre for a long period of time. However, the desire to continue to exhibit national collections, even during this period, led to the creation of the “Off-Site” programme, presenting throughout France as well as overseas, some thirty exhibitions with the help of leading regional museums. A policy the success of which was to open up a new horizon for the Centre Pompidou, the creation of a new Centre Pompidou in a region of France.
When Jean-Jacques Aillagon was appointed Minister of Culture and Communication in 2002, he pursued the idea of implementing an unprecedented experience, namely the cultural decentralisation of a cultural institution in France. A number of cities were considered for decentralisation of the Centre Pompidou: Caen, Montpellier, Lyon, Nancy, Lille, Metz.
The announcement by the Centre Pompidou and the City of Metz, in agreement with the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, of the decentralisation for the first time ever of a cultural institution in France: the Centre Pompidou-Metz, sister institution of the Centre Pompidou, carried out in partnership with local government bodies.
Launch of the international architecture competition.
The project proposed by Shigeru Ban (Tokyo), Jean de Gastines (Paris) and Philip Gumuchdjian (London) is the winner of the international architecture competition.
The temporary studio of Shigeru Ban Architects Europe is set up in the Centre Pompidou, on the 6th floor terrace.
Opening of the Maison du Projet, a temporary structure located next to the site and designed by the architects of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines. The Maison du Projet, intended to inform the public on the cultural and architectural project of the Centre Pompidou-Metz until October 2009, welcomed over 100,000 visitors.
The first stone is laid in the Centre Pompidou-Metz.
Signature of the preparatory partnership agreement between the Centre Pompidou and the Centre Pompidou-Metz, with the metropolitan area of Metz Métropole.
“Constellation”, a pre-inauguration event organised by the Centre Pompidou-Metz: more than 300,000 visits in the space of 5 months on 19 exhibition sites, in Metz and in Lorraine. + link for more details to the Constellation site pages.
Signature of the agreement protocol by Bernard Niquet, Prefect of the Lorraine and Moselle Region, Alain Seban, President of the Centre Pompidou. Jean-Pierre Masseret, President of the Lorraine Region, Philippe Leroy, President of the Moselle General Council, Jean-Luc Bohl, President of Metz Métropole and Dominique Gros, Mayor of Metz. This agreement rules on the statutory, budgetary and management aspects of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, which has the status of an Etablissement Public de Coopération Culturelle (EPCC: Public Cultural Co-operation Establishment), (EPCC + link to the EPCC page).
Official inauguration by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic
Opening week: 5 days of festive fun, with free admission!
Grand opening of the opening exhibition “Masterpieces?” + link to CO for more details.
Launch of the first cultural season of the Studio and the Wendel Auditorium
Launch of the Young Public workshops.
Creation of the Centre Pompidou-Metz Friends Association, presided over by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, President of Musée des arts décoratifs.