Paris and Jersey City join forces for a new museum

The Center Pompidou × Jersey City museum will be located in the Pathside building a short walk from the Journal Square transit center.


The Center Pompidou × Jersey City museum will be located in the Pathside building a short walk from the Journal Square transit center.

Jersey City will partner with the Center Pompidou in Paris, the world-renowned artistic institution to collaborate on its first location in North America.

Scheduled to open in early 2024, the Center Pompidou × Jersey City museum will become a premier international cultural hub in the heart of historic Journal Square in the iconic Pathside building at 70 Sip Ave.

“As the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, the Center Pompidou is the ideal partner to realize our vision and consolidate Journal Square as a regional anchor point for the arts,” said Mayor Steven Fulop . “When the Pathside Building was slated for high-rise development, we saw a unique opportunity to change its trajectory to better serve the city as a museum and community center. Today, not only is that commitment paying off, but we have raised the bar with a tremendous international partnership that will bring world-class opportunities to Jersey City. This is the last major step towards our broader revitalization goals, using all that our city has to offer and making Journal Square a cultural destination for generations to come.

The Center Pompidou is the first national cultural institution in France established in Paris in 1977. It integrates the National Museum of Modern Art, which houses the richest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.

It contains more than 120,000 works and houses a contemporary music research laboratory, one of the largest public libraries in the city and the Kandinsky Library featuring one of the most diverse collections of documents and archives related to the city. modern and contemporary art in the world.

The Center Pompidou extends beyond its Parisian walls to collaborate in similar partnerships, notably the Center Pompidou Málaga in Spain, KANAL-Center Pompidou Brussels and the Center Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project in Shanghai.

The Center Pompidou × Jersey City will be the new international partnership of the Center Pompidou,

“I am delighted to announce this ambitious initiative with Jersey City, the very first of its kind and of importance in America for the Center Pompidou”, declared Serge Lasvignes, President of the Center Pompidou. “Our ongoing experiments in Metz (France), Malaga (Spain), Brussels (Belgium) and Shanghai (China) have proven the strength and relevance of our approach to get out of our walls and enter into innovative partnerships. I am so happy and grateful that the Center Pompidou opens a dialogue with the United States of Jersey City, a very vibrant and diverse community. “

According to the city, the Center Pompidou will not only share its incredible collection of contemporary masterpieces, but will also help create a program that emphasizes hands-on artistic and cultural experiences with a community component as well as a variety of events making the Center Pompidou × Jersey City a multidisciplinary art laboratory for cultural and educational programming.

“The Center Pompidou has long been one of Europe’s main cultural treasures,” said New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy. “As a state that is both the first in the country to provide universal arts education to our public school students and home to more than 700 arts organizations, New Jersey is uniquely able to appreciate all that this incredible partnership will bring. We look forward to welcoming this historic cultural institution to Jersey City and the meaningful relationships, dialogues and new perspectives that will undoubtedly flow from it. “

Revitalize a cultural hub

In the coming months, the city consultant OMA New York will work with the city and the Center Pompidou on the design of the Center Pompidou × Jersey City in the historic Pathside Building.

The 58,000 square foot, four story brick building still has the words “Public Service” etched in stone on the facade.

In 2017, Jersey City acquired the Pathside Building, built in 1912 as a PSE & G office building, for $ 10 million with the aim of creating a museum or arts and culture center.

In 2019, the city hired OMA New York, led by Jason Long, to create a strategic plan and find a cultural partner for the Pathside building.

After several community meetings and contacts with potential partners, the work finally came to fruition as the history of the Center Pompidou as an institution dedicated to multiple forms of contemporary art and culture as well as its dedication to education and cultural organizations corresponded to the ambitions of the city and the community for the building.

The announcement marks the city’s most recent investment in the revival of Journal Square, which has seen major residential development in recent years.

The Center Pompidou × Jersey City will be located opposite the historic Loew’s Theater, which the city plans to restore as part of a $ 72 million deal.

Jersey City prides itself on being the nation’s most diverse city and an arts and cultural hub.

In recent years, the city has taken steps to support local arts and culture by establishing the state’s first trust fund to support local artists, launching the city’s first mural program and drawing local zoning to create large performing arts spaces for non-profit arts organizations.

“We’re betting that the arts and culture are the reason people will want to live and stay in a city like Jersey City,” Fulop said. “Today’s announcement is another step in this direction.

“The partnership between the Center Pompidou and Jersey City will create a unique and iconic anchor point for Journal Square and for the city,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “We are proud to welcome the Center Pompidou to New Jersey and look forward to the opening of what is destined to become one of the premier cultural attractions in North America.

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