View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Simon Fujiwara, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini

New Pompidou

Date: 2014
Medium: Installation, video, 18 minutes
Collection: Collection Lafayette Anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris

New Pompidou is the fruit of one of Lafayette Anticipation’s first production residencies, for which the artist turned the ground floor of the Fondation’s future building into a research office and plaster workshop. Over a period of six weeks, Fujiwara developed and produced a piece to be presented at the Centre Pompidou in the context of the Nouveau festival.

New Pompidou revives the rumour that Pontus Hulten, the first director of the Centre Pompidou, wanted to create a replica of the museum. Part sculpture, part performance and part film, New Pompidou mixes fiction, autobiography, poetry, technology and fundamental knowledge. The film « New Pompidou » retraces the creative and production processes of a plaster sculpture, molded after a gerberette, a steel piece integrated in the Centre Pompidou’s structure. Fujiwara uses this unusual piece as a sarcophagus for a personal story which combines the history of the Marais, an architecture student’s frustrated aspirations and a rose stolen from the Georges, a restaurant on the museum’s rooftop.

Maria Bartau (Simon Fujiwara Studio)
Yan Tomaszewski (assistant project manager)
Pierre Imberteche (master craftsman responsible for producing plaster moulds)
Moritz Fehr (mould production technician)
Yvan Hart (mould production technician)
Xiaoxing Cheng (filmmaker)
Alexandre Sénéquier (assistant filmmaker)
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Simon Fujiwara, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini
View of the exhibition Joining Forces with the Unknown, Simon Fujiwara, 2016 © Isabelle Giovacchini