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Satellite of iconic Pompidou Centre launched in Shanghai

French President Emmanuel Macron, President of Centre Pompidou Serge Lasvignes and Fong Shizhong unveil a plaque during the inauguration of Centre Pompidou West Bund Museum in Shanghai, China November 5, 2019.
French President Emmanuel Macron, President of Centre Pompidou Serge Lasvignes and Fong Shizhong unveil a plaque during the inauguration of Centre Pompidou West Bund Museum in Shanghai, China November 5, 2019. REUTERS

France's Pompidou Centre has inaugurated a riverside branch in Shanghai -  the modern and contemporary art museum's first outpost outside Europe - with works by Picasso and Kandinsky among the pieces on display.

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The Parisian centre will display its collection in a 25,000-square-metre building on the banks of the Huangpu River that traverses the financial hub of 24 million people.

Billed as the most important cultural cooperation project between France and China, the museum is owned by local developer West Bund, which has a five-year agreement with the Pompidou Centre.

"Long live the friendship of China and France," said French President Emmanuel Macron, who participated in the inauguration after attending an international trade fair hosted by China.

French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron attend the inauguration of Centre Pompidou West Bund Museum in Shanghai, 5 november, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron attend the inauguration of Centre Pompidou West Bund Museum in Shanghai, 5 november, 2019 REUTERS

The "Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project" -- designed by British architect David Chipperfield -- will open to the public on Friday.

Macron toured the first exhibition, "The Shape of Time", featuring works by European masters as well as Asian artists.

The French leader was accompanied by his wife, Brigitte, as well as French musician Jean-Michel Jarre and Chinese painter Yan Pei-Ming.

The Pompidou Centre's other outposts are in Brussels and the southern Spanish city of Malaga.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends the inauguration of Centre Pompidou West Bund Museum in Shanghai, China November 5, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron attends the inauguration of Centre Pompidou West Bund Museum in Shanghai, China November 5, 2019 REUTERS
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