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Centre Pompidou may get 'essential' renovations

The overhaul by the french government might allow the Paris gallery to stay partially open
Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou | Photograph © David Noble

"The Centre Pompidou in Paris could close for up to three years for essential maintenance work to be carried out on the famous 1970s building. The plan is one of two options under consideration by the French government who will decide how to proceed with the multi-million euro refurbishment.

Speaking to the French newspaper Le Figaro, the centre's president, Serge Lasvignes, addresses reports that the gallery will close for renovations in 2023. He says: “No substantial work has been done on the building since it opened in 1977. There are two hypotheses: either we do [the refurbishment] by closing it completely and it will last three years. [Or] we stay open and it will last seven years. But this poses additional problems, including that of asbestos removal.”

A spokesman for the Centre Pompidou confirmed that two plans have been proposed including “a total closure in 2023 for three years to accomplish all the work that needs to be done. This would imply [organising] a programme of exhibitions outside of our walls.”"

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