Nomadic Museum

Centre Pompidou Mobile is the first mobile museum in the world


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About the project Edit

Le Centre Pompidou Mobile is a mobile exhibition structure - designed for people, who are far away from traditional and cultural centres or - people located in landlocked areas. The Centre Pompidou Mobile aims to fight against the symbolic barrier that exists between the public and cultural institutions. The ambulatory nature of the centre makes it possible for people to have contact with original works of art, not reproduced images or artefacts.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The structure is lightweight, dismantable and transportable, like a circus or a carnival - Centre Pompidou Mobile can go anywhere in France touring for wider audiences. This is the first global nomadic museum of this kind.
In the spirit of carnival tents and circuses, architect, Patrick Bouchain, designed a space of 650 m2 which is organized around several juxtaposed modules. Lightweight and flexible, this structure can adapt to any place without the need for big investments.
Making it possible for Centre Pompidou Mobile to exhibit the best from its permanent Parisian museum collection, in terms of modern and contemporary art, is an international first.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Centre Pompidou Mobile is a unique experience that brings art to landlocked communities or places that are culturally far from centres of traditional cultural expression. The first stage of Centre Pompidou Mobile began on October 13th, 2011 in Chaumont-sur-Marne, which has a population 30,000. The closest museum is located within 100 kilometres.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Centre Pompidou Mobile displays its collections throughout France. After Chaumont (until January 15, 2012), Centre Pompidou Mobile will then travel to Cambrai, Boulogne-sur-Mer (in the Aquitaine region), Havre and Aubagne. Other museums might take this course in France, Europe or anywhere in the world. Transferring knowledge could be considered - in order to disseminate the experiences from Centre Pompidou Mobile.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Recognizing the difficulties of accessing culture and world cultural heritage masterpieces.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The cost of designing and building Centre Pompidou Mobile amounts to 2.5 million euros, which was funded by the Ministry of Culture, the Council for artistic creation (no longer in operation) and sponsors (Fondation Total, GDF-Suez, Galeries Lafayette, La Parisienne). Each stage costs 400,000 euros, half of it (200,000 euros) is paid by local partners (city, ministry, region) and the other half is paid by Centre Pompidou sponsors.

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