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The Essence of Our Exhibitions

We look at the past with the eyes of today, and we need to contemplate the inventions of this century to understand the present”.

Robert Bordaz, 1973

The aim of the Centre Pompidou-Metz is to be“a leading centre of information, exhibitions, research and initiatives in numerous fields of contemporary creation” to cite the terms, that have lost none of their force or meaning, of the Centre Pompidou’s original programme. The Centre Pompidou-Metz is a fanciful dream, a cross between the spirit of a museum and that of an art centre.

The Centre Pompidou-Metz proposes a variety of project types, at a rate of four, five or six temporary exhibitions a year:

  • major exhibitions on a theme proposing a discovery of the history of art since 1905, a means of taking up again with the origins of the Centre Pompidou and its major exhibitions that have marked the last thirty years;
  • evolving exhibitions deployed in several stages and designed to discover each time a new arrangement within the same theme or monographic exhibition;
  • monographic exhibitions where special attention is paid to major figures rarely shown in France at this project scale or to young artists to whom a large space has been entrusted for the first time.

Initiated as part of “Constellation”, a work production and support policy has also been developed: artists from all disciplines are invited to propose specific projects and to appropriate the site, either as part of temporary exhibitions or as part of specific cycles.

As the Centre Pompidou-Metz is located at the heart of a Euroregion (Luxembourg – Germany – Belgium – close to Switzerland and to the Netherlands), the exhibition programme both relates to and is in keeping with major neighbouring projects.