April 11, 2016 12:50
Centre Pompidou in Paris, Europe's biggest modern art museum, will open a pop-up space in Seoul in March next year.
The man in charge will be Seo Soon-ju, who is known for his successful planning of large-scale exhibitions of Picasso, Monet and Gauguin.
"We got the proposal from the Centre Pompidou two years ago and started preparing, and we recently confirmed the opening date in March next year," Seo told the Chosun Ilbo on Sunday.
"Prior to the official opening, we will hold other special exhibitions including a collection of some 100 works owned by Pompidou such as Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, and Matisse."
"Although it is a private initiative, the matter was discussed by the French government and the president, François Hollande, during his visit to Korea last November, when he was accompanied by Serge Lasvignes, the head of the Pompidou," the U.K.'s Art Newspaper reported last week.
Starting with the Centre Pompidou Metz in France in 2010, the museum has been active in setting up temporary exhibition spaces around the world. Malaga in Spain hosted the first Centre Pompidou outside of France last year, and will stay open for five years initially, with the possibility of an extension.
"The initial plan is to run the Seoul center for five years like the one in Malaga, but we're thinking about renewing the contract already because the Centre Pompidou takes Seoul seriously as a platform for worldwide expansion," Seo said.
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