The Pompidou Centre in Paris, which homes the world’s 2nd biggest series of modern artwork, stated Tuesday that it became close to signing a deal for a franchise gallery in Shanghai.

It will display round 20 exhibitions over 5 years in a wing of the brand new West Bund art Museum, that is being built within the cultural district of China’s commercial capital with the aid of British architect David Chipperfield.

The Paris gallery, which also has plans to open branches in South Korea and Belgium, has been in talks for greater than a decade with the Chinese government.

Closing year it staged its first display in China referred to as “Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906-77” proposing paintings by using Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and different huge names on the Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

The gallery stated it had signed a protocol with the publicly-owned West Bund group for a renewable five-year deal to degree exhibitions within the new museum from 2019.

The corporation has been turning a part of the formerly commercial Xuhui district of the metropolis into 11 kilometers (7 mile) “cultural corridor” alongside the Huangpu River.

The Pompidou hailed the deal as “the maximum critical lengthy-time period cultural trade challenge” between France and China and stated it would deliver “an essential region to modern chinese artwork” inside the new gallery.

It stated its new franchise would be called the Centre Pompidou Shanghai (West Bund).

The West Bund Museum is due to be finished on the cease of 2018. It is going to be a first-rate enhance to the area’s sights which already encompass the private long Museum West Bund, the Yuz Museum and the Shanghai Centre of photography.

The Pompidou Centre – which also homes a library and cinemas – changed into an architectural sensation whilst it first opened in Paris in 1977.

Its collection of extra than 120,000 works of art is appeared as the second maximum essential in the global after the Museum of Modern Art in New York.