Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum PROJECT

A Unique Cultural Coopération Project
Publish date
Oct. 23, 2019

Le West Bund Development Group and the Centre Pompidou signed a contract sealing their partnership for the creation of the “Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project”. This is the largest project for cultural exchange and cooperation between the two countries and will open its doors to the public on November 8, 2019.

Designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the building, measuring almost 25,000 square meters, is located on the banks of the Huangpu River in the heart of the “Xuhui Waterfront” district, which is set to become one of the largest cultural districts in Shanghai and Asia. Unprecedented in nature and designed to run 5 years, the partnership is structured around several domains: the loan of works from the Centre Pompidou’s collections, the design of exclusive expositions in keeping with the local cultural context, the implementation of cultural programming and mediation activities, the training of museum professionals, and the presentation of projects and exhibitions of Chinese artists at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. 

Three galleries will be dedicated to the presentation of the Centre Pompidou’s collections, with three semi-permanent shows over five years and two temporary exhibitions per year. A specific room, “The Box”, will be dedicated to the presentation of multimedia installations while the “Gallery 0” will host projects in situ, highlighting young artists. An auditorium will also be dedicated to conferences, screenings, concerts, and performances and a hall that measures nearly 400 square meters will welcome mediation activities (a playground for young visitors, workshops, etc.). This diversified program, at the crossroads of several disciplines, will be designed to appeal to all audiences and offer visitors keys to modern art and contemporary creation based on innovative mediation programs. 

Inaugural Program: Three Events Produced by IRCAM

Associated with the Centre Pompidou since its creation, it was essential that IRCAM participate in the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Project adventure and offer, from its very beginning, a high-level musical program designed for, and with, local artists and audiences. The musical program for this inauguration includes a sound installation and two concerts in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Designed in accordance with the museum’s spaces, the first Music Walks concert invites the audience to take a musical stroll. Students from the Shanghai Conservatory travel while forming a fixed chord, creating a unique sound situation for visitors in the museum galleries.

Jonathan Harvey’s sound installation reveals the soundprint of the Atrium. The audience is enveloped within a gigantic bell, the voice of the composer’s son—a choir singer—floats freely around the space.

Students from the Shanghai Conservatory also perform in Paris-Shanghai, a concert that symbolizes the encounter between a place of innovation and creation—IRCAM—and a place of transmission: the Shanghai Conservatory. An encounter between instrumental music and electronics, where each of the works amplifies human gesture through a technological medium.