Far From Paris, the Pompidou Plans an Outpost in Jersey City

In current years, the Pompidou Center in Paris has tried to increase its attain globally by opening museum outposts in cities tons of, generally hundreds, of miles away. In 2015, it opened one in Málaga, Spain; in 2018, in Brussels; one yr later, in Shanghai.

So what’s the subsequent vacation spot for the Pompidou, the Parisian artwork museum and cultural heart?

Jersey City, N.J., naturally.

The establishment’s president, Serge Lasvignes, and the mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, will announce on Friday that the metropolis plans to show a century-old industrial constructing in Journal Square into the Pompidou’s first North American satellite tv for pc. If the City Council approves the plan, the museum, which is anticipated to open in early 2024, may have entry to artwork from the Pompidou’s assortment of round 120,000 works and to its array of consultants — in addition to the advantage of being related to one in every of Paris’s hottest cultural points of interest.

Jersey City has been working to turn into a haven for the arts. It bought the constructing, at 25 Journal Square, and has hoped for a number of years to open a museum there. Credit…by way of OMA

“Our idea is to be confronted with what is very different,” Mr. Lasvignes stated. “For us, it’s a way to learn — to learn new circumstances, a new way of presenting art, a new way of presenting exhibitions.”

In signing on to host the Pompidou satellite tv for pc, Jersey City has agreed to imagine the monetary burden of renovating the constructing and working the museum, which will likely be known as Centre Pompidou x Jersey City. The metropolis will even pay the museum an annual payment that covers challenge improvement, branding and the group of exhibitions. A spokeswoman for the metropolis declined to specify how a lot it should pay.

The Pompidou’s international outposts will turn into extra vital for the establishment when it shuts down for renovations for roughly 4 years beginning in late 2023, quickly closing its hanging inside-out residence — designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers — which has color-coded water pipes, air-conditioning ducts and a caterpillar-like escalator on its exterior. The satellites will enable the Pompidou to show artwork from its assortment outdoors its Paris hub.

The Pompidou Center in Paris will shut for renovations for roughly 4 years beginning in late 2023, making its international satellites extra necessary. Credit…Francois Guillot/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Jersey City’s authorities has been working to determine itself as a haven for the arts, simply throughout the Hudson River from New York City — one that’s keen to speculate in new cultural points of interest, equivalent to the current restoration of the century-old Loew’s Theater. In November, voters additionally authorized a poll measure that promised to create a brand new tax that will assist finance cultural establishments.

“The hope is that we will be able to leverage the Pompidou’s expertise, their experience elsewhere in the world and their collection to create something really significant here,” Mr. Fulop stated.

The metropolis has been on the lookout for a use for the four-story brick constructing at 25 Journal Square — known as the Pathside Building, it’s adjoining to a PATH practice station — since 2018, when it bought the constructing for $9 million. The metropolis prevented it from being became residential models, as an alternative promising to show it right into a museum and group heart.

Built in 1912 as a part of a trolley compound, the constructing was became Hudson County Community College lecture rooms and a library throughout the mid-1990s. During current renovations, the metropolis uncovered a gallery area with 17-foot-tall ceilings on the first flooring, stated Jason Long, the chief architect on the challenge.

The whole value of the buidling’s renovation will not be but clear, however officers estimate that it will likely be between $10 million and $30 million.Credit…by way of OMA

The whole value of the renovation will not be but clear, however Mr. Fulop estimated it could be between $10 million and $30 million. To assist pay for the museum, the metropolis expects to boost funds from the non-public sector and search state subsidies, Mr. Fulop stated.

The metropolis has but to find out the creative path of the museum. Like the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Jersey City department will likely be not only a gallery however a multidisciplinary cultural and academic heart that would host talks, movies and stay performances.

The pandemic slowed the negotiations between the museum and the metropolis, shifting the vital conversations on-line as an alternative of in individual and stopping Pompidou officers from visiting the Jersey City constructing.

“It is the first time we’ve concluded a contract without being there,” Mr. Lasvignes stated.

The Pompidou Center has thought-about museum outposts in North America earlier than, together with in Chicago, however these plans by no means got here to fruition. As with the outposts in Málaga and Shanghai, the contract between the Pompidou and Jersey City will final 5 years, beginning in 2024, after building is anticipated to complete; afterward, there will likely be the possibility for an extension.