A third of a century after its opening it is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world (3.5 million visitors per year). Today the Centre Pompidou is opening out. As of 12 May the Paris headquarters will have a little brother in the Lorraine region. The Centre Pompidou Metz, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban in the shape of an original Chinese hat, will welcome in its 5000 m2 of exhibition space, by rotation, a part of the Parisian collections: Paris holds nearly 60 000 works but can never present more than one thousand simultaneously. The vocation of the Centre Pompidou Metz is not to be a simple depot; it also intends to be a creative venue, with original exhibitions. This unusual experience will be followed very attentively. Indeed the decentralization of a large cultural center could easily be imitated: we are expecting for 2012 the opening of Louvre Lens, another clone of excellence in the province.
•The Centre Pompidou Metz suggests five days of «discovery» as of 12 May 2010, with a festive weekend on 15 and 16 May. The opening exhibition, Chefs-d’œuvre, will be held from 12 May to 25 October 2010.