Centre Pompidou hosts the largest retrospective on Norman Foster’s work
Nigel Young / Foster + Partner

Centre Pompidou hosts the largest retrospective on Norman Foster’s work

12 May 2023  •  News  •  By Surabhi Patil

Largest retrospective on British Architect Norman Foster’s oeuvre over the past six decades launches at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in the presence of the French Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak and the president of the venue, Laurent Le Bon.

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Nigel Young / Foster + Partner
photo_credit Nigel Young / Foster + Partner
Nigel Young / Foster + Partner

Spanning 2200sqm, the exhibition is curated by the Deputy Director of the MNAM-CCI (Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre de Création Industrielle), Frédéric Migayrou, designed by Norman Foster and executed in collaboration with Foster + Partners and Norman Foster Foundation.

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Nigel Young / Foster + Partner

The exhibition hosts an exceptional collection explored through the lens of seven themes- Vertical City; Nature and Urbanity; Skin and Bones; Planning and Place; History and Tradition; Networks and Mobility; and Future, with sketches, drawings, scale models, dioramas and several videos delving into 130 key projects.

The retrospective welcomes visitors with a drawing gallery featuring works never seen before in France, consisting of exclusive photographs, workbooks, and drawings of the architect.

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Nigel Young / Foster + Partner
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The display also comprises industrial creations such as gliders and various classic automobiles that served as a source of inspiration along with works of Léger, Constantin Brancusi, Umberto Boccioni and Ai Weiwei that resonate with the architecture of Norman Foster.

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Nigel Young / Foster + Partner

Finally, a 264-page catalogue complements the extensive exhibition portraying 80 of the architect's most notable projects. The publication includes three portfolios displaying Foster's earliest inspirations, collaborative ventures with Richard Buckminster Fuller, and additional sketches and drawings. Editions du Centre Pompidou, under the direction of Frédéric Migayrou, the retrospective's curator, published this compilation.

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Bloomberg Headquarters (2017)
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Norman Foster

The Bloomberg Connects app provides a free digital guide to the exhibition where the visitors can read or listen to Foster’s introductions to each section by scanning the QR codes using their own devices. It also offers an in-depth experience of the projects through never-seen-before videos and 360-degree virtual reality tours.

photo_credit Nigel Young / Foster + Partner
Nigel Young / Foster + Partner