Centre Pompidou to open in Brussels

Museum will open in 2022 at former Citroën site in Brussels.

The Pompidou Centre, a contemporary art museum based in Paris, plans to open a branch in Brussels by 2022.

The new museum will be located at Place de l'Yser, in the north-west of the capital, at the former factory site of French car-maker Citroën.

The museum is part of a 10-year agreement between the Pompidou Centre and the Brussels region which bought the 16,000-sqm art deco garage from Citroën for €20.5 million.

The Paris-based museum plans to lend some of its 120,000 art works, of which only 10 percent are on public display, to the future Pompidou Centre Brussels. However it is envisaged that the new cultural and multi-disciplinary centre will establish its own future collection and distinct identity.

The Brussels region describes the move as placing the museum in the heart of a cultural hub in the city.

In 2015 the Centre Pompidou opened its first branch outside France when it launched the Centre Pompidou Málaga in Spain. The museum has also been in protracted negotiations to open a branch in Shanghai, with the project expected to be presented in 2019.

In November last year the major Parisian art institution, the Louvre, opened a branch in Abu Dhabi.