Centre Pompidou decides to settle in Malaga the first headquarters away from France

Centre Pompidou decides to settle in Malaga the first headquarters away from France

The Local Government Council has approved this morning an agreement between the Local Government of Malaga and the Centre Pompidou in Paris to settle in the building, known as “Cubo” (on the corner of the Quay 1 and 2 at the port), the first headquarters of this prestigious cultural institution away from France.

The mayor, Francisco de la Torre, has explained that the agreement has a length of 5 renewable years and the Town Hall will have to pay a million of Euros for it. It includes a permanent art collection according to the building measures, with 70 art works of Pompidou and a temporal exhibition every year which will have been exhibited previously in Paris.

“Le Centre Pompidou à Malaga”, as it is referred in the agreement approved by the Local Government Council, will cover more that 6,000 m2 length of the “Cubo”. They are working on the content and the Town Hall will have to pay 15,000 Euros to prepare it. These expenses will be concreted onwards with a specific agreement´s signature which will determine the works with the supervision of an inspector from Pompidou and a local cultural consultant.

José María Luna will be the director of the Foundation “Casa Natal. It is estimated that the works to adapt and equip the “Cubo” will cost five millions Euros of which 2,5 have been confirmed in writing in the local budgets for 2014. On the other hand, the local Council will pay the transport and the security expenses. As regards dates, the Local Council is waiting that the Port Authorities deliver the “Cubo”. For that purpose, the electricity transformers which are located on the corner has to be removed, so the Local Council will have to pay 76,861 Euros of the 2014 budgets (in 2013 the quantity was 28,630). Once the building belongs to the local Council, it is expected that the report about the work project will be finished by next year and it will starting its bidding and its execution. In that way, the opening for the audience will be held in 2015. The Centre Pompidou has received offers to be settled in other continents, however it prefers to be expanded first in Europe, for that reason, Malaga has been chosen. The only headquarters which there is nowadays, it is located at the French city of Metz



The National Art and Cultural Centre of Georges Pompidou (completed name of the Centre Pompidou, which has around 200,000 works) is also known in Beaubourg for the quarter where it is located, it is something wider than a museum or an art centre. It was built by Georges Pompidou´s initiative and it was inaugurated in 1977. It is one of the first precedents of the Contemporary Museography. At the Pompidou of Paris, very important entities such as the National Museum of Modern Art” (MNAM) are gathered. It has around 80,000 art works of the 20th and 21st centuries, one of the most important collections of modern and Contemporary art; the Industrial Creation Centre (CCI); the Institute for Research and Coordination Acoustic Music (IRCAM), one of the most relevant music research centres all over the world; the Public Library of Information (BPI), which is specialized in the multimedia innovation; and the Library Kandisky, directly linked as a documentation centre to the MNAM and it has an important collection of books and documents about art and artists of the 20th century. According to some authors (among them, (J. Pedro Lorente, a specialist of the University of Zaragoza), the Pompidou was the first cultural policies ‘essay of the post-modernity, with its intentions of urban deprived areas revitalization and new audience participation. Their interdisciplinary and experimentation vocation turned it, for others such as Karsten Schubert, into an essential guide in the new museology and museographic practices, whose appearance caused new reading establishment and the coexistence of different concepts of history of art, essentially thanks to the most famous of their directors, the Swedish Pontus Hulten.

Nowadays, the Pompidou is one of the most important centres of art all over the world and one of the most visited centres. According to The global attractions attendance report, thanks to its 3,9 millions of visitors which it had last year, it is among the 20 most visited museums around the world. It is much more visited than the Museo del Prado, even in all Europe; it is the 7th in general terms and the 3rd of those which are for pay. For example, a successful temporal exhibition by Dali finished last spring with around 800,000 visitors who turned it into one of the cultural phenomena in recent times. Its wide collection of art works allows to build and pronounce many and different short stories about the modern art, but also about the contemporary. From the expressionism or the surrealism to nowadays, passing through the constructivism or the magic realism, with the objective of saying some of the best movements and -isms. Without forgetting some extraordinary works by Pablo Picasso or Joan Miró.