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Iconic French museum to open an outpost in Saudi Arabia

Iconic French museum to open an outpost in Saudi Arabia

Centre Pompidou, Saudi Aramco

French cultural institution, the Pompidou, is on an overseas cultural collaboration and expansion spree, having recently signed a five-year memorandum with Saudi Aramco, extending its partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran.

Since 2013, the French museum has continued to contribute towards a programme there, which includes exhibitions, films and personnel exchanges. This agreement was renewed during Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s recent visit to Paris, when the two countries also signed the agreement for the cultural development in the Al-Ula region, where the Pompidou will oversee the planned Arab Civilisation Museum. The Pompidou has also made a significant contribution towards the modern and contemporary exhibits of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Hoping to recreate its success in the Málaga branch and Louvre Abu Dhabi, Serge Lasvignes, president of the Pompidou, has also announced the museum’s multidisciplinary expansion into Brussels (picutred above). The Pompidou is also expected to sign the final contract for the Shanghai outpost which will open in spring 2019 and host five or six exhibitions a year.

Read designMENA’s post on the debut of Index exhibition in Saudi Arabia

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