Center Pompidou

France’s Pompidou Centre, one of the world’s leading modern art museums, confirmed on Tuesday, July 2, that its plan to open a satellite branch in New York had been suspended.

The Paris-based museum, known for its colorful and tubular building, was due to open a branch in Jersey City in the suburbs of New York in 2027. But it has been “suspended until further notice,” the Pompidou said, confirming a report in US media.

Local authorities considered the cost – which involved some $18 million in public redevelopment funds – too high, according to a letter they published in the New Jersey Monitor. It comes as a blow for the Pompidou, which is preparing to shut down for expensive renovations.

The French state is funding a €262-million, five-year refurbishment from September 2025 for asbestos removal and renovation. But the centre is also planning a €186-million redevelopment of its art spaces that will rely on other funding sources. State auditors offered a harsh verdict on the museum’s finances in April, saying its economic model was “difficult to sustain,” with a renovation project that was “insufficiently guided and whose financing was not assured.”

The Pompidou Centre did not respond to questions from Agence France-Presse (AFP) about the financial implications of the New York project falling through. It said “discussions with the mayor of Jersey City will continue in order to decide together on the follow-up to the project.”

It was supposed to be the fifth overseas partnership for the Pompidou, which has already lent its name to art centres in Malaga, Shanghai and Brussels, as well as working with the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Le Monde with AFP

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