The Friends of the Centre Pompidou organize three major events every year that have become essential dates in the contemporary art-world calendar.
The Friends of the Centre Pompidou were the first to organize a fundraising dinner in the middle of the collections in 2003, on the occasion of the centennial of the association. Since 2006, they have gathered each year in the galleries of the museum more than 750 guests who appreciate the exceptional character of a dinner surrounded by the masterpieces of the modern collection. This evening allows donors to contribute directly to the enrichment of the collections—acquisitions of remarkable works such as Anselm Kiefer’s The Secret Life of Plants in 2003, Jeff Wall’s Knife Throw in 2008, and Chen Zhen’s Beyond the vulnerability in 2015.
On the occasion of the 2016 Gala Dinner Musician and Composer Patrick Zimmerli was commissioned to make a site-specific installation — percussion instruments hanging in the Chenille and played by a Waterfall of perpetually descending Percussionists (the Paris Percussion Group) as the guests ascended to the dinner.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou, Jean-Paul Goude was given an artistic carte blanche for this memorable soirée. In 2018, the Belgian architect and designer Charles Kaisin will lead the artistic direction of the dinner on Tuesday, April 10th. In 2019, we called on the the French designer François Azambourg for the artistic direction.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou, the Friends of the Centre Pompidou invited Francesco Vezzoli to conceive a unique evening. The Italian artist imagined a fantastic stroll through the modern works of the Centre Pompidou. Wearing the extraordinary costumes created for the occasion by Prada, the young and talented artists in residence at the Académie of the Opéra National de Paris serenaded 14 canvases. From 11 PM on, with Catherine Deneuve and Carole Bouquet as DJs, the Centre Pompidou was transformed into an ephemeral nightclub for an unforgettable evening.
For the second edition of YACP, the amis du Centre Pompidou gave carte blanche to Davide Balula into the Museum contemporary collection for a performative night with 60 Orchestral performers embracing visitors in an immersive sound experience. At 11.30pm, We Love Art have transformed the Centre Pompidou into a Digital Dance Floor among a luminous installation of the collective Visual System with Laurent Garnier b2b Pedro Winter / Tez / Safia Bahmed Schwartz / Sons of Raphael / Miley Serious.
For the third edition of this celebration, the amis du Centre Pompidou give carte blanche to Michèle Lamy and Rick Owens.
Reserved for the Friends of the Centre Pompidou, the Garden Party is an annual bucolic rendezvous. It allows the Friends of the Centre Pompidou to meet and exchange in a festive and relaxed atmosphere, on the occasion of a country lunch.