Pompidou centre eyes Shanghai museum

12th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) - The Pompidou centre in Paris is still interested in opening a museum in China, possibly in Shanghai, despite project delays, the president of the cultural centre said.

PARIS, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) - The Pompidou centre in Paris is still interested in opening a museum in China, possibly in Shanghai, despite project delays, the president of the cultural centre said.

"We are not in a hurry," Alain Seban said of the plan to build a museum in Asia, adding that he remains "very interested by China and Shanghai in particular."

Le Monde newspaper reported this week that plans for a Pompidou museum in Shanghai's central Luwan district had yet to win the approval of Beijing authorities, who appeared to be dragging their feet.

Seban confirmed in an interview to AFP on Tuesday that Shanghai authorities had initially undertaken to win approval from the central government, but that they had run into problems.

Pompidou centre officials and French diplomats in Beijing decided to contact central authorities directly and a delegation recently travelled to China to lobby for the project.

Seban said that talks were ongoing and that he hoped the Asian museum could pay for itself, without financial assistance from Paris.

Named after the late president George Pompidou, the centre in the heart of Paris houses Europe's leading collection of modern art, a public library, a centre for music research, bookshops, performance halls, a restaurant and cafe.

Opened 30 years ago, the centre's modern design caused a sensation, helping to turn it into one of Paris' major attractions.

AFP

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