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Citroën Cultural Centre to open in 2018

16:31 18/12/2017

Kanal, the organisation responsible for the future museum of modern art planned for Brussels’ canal area, signed a 10-year working agreement with Paris’ Centre Pompidou on Monday. The Pompidou will loan the new Citroën Cultural Centre part of its collection.

The Citroën Cultural Centre, a 35,000 square-metre building of steel and glass on Place de l’Yser, is named after its former purpose as a Citroën car factory (pictured). The first accessible space is scheduled to open to the public next May and will remain open until works begin on the museum in 2019. The modern art museum is expected to open in 2020.

“For 13 months, this will be a living laboratory,” said Yves Goldstein of Kanal, “where all Brusselaars can find a place.” The space will host arts and culture activities and will work together with other Brussels players such as Bozar, Botanique and Kaaitheater, which is located next door, said Goldstein.

The Pompidou is loaning works to Citroën temporarily and will also advise its management on buying its own permanent collection. Eventually the idea is that it will become its own organisation, independent of the Pompidou.

Photo: SAU-MSI

Written by Lisa Bradshaw