International architect and SCI-Arc alum Shigeru Ban has completed a seven-year-long project, the Centre Pompidou-Metz (shown here), a satellite museum of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
The museum, which opened with an exhibition entitled "Chefs d’Oeuvres?" ("Masterpieces?"), will have access to the more than 59,000 works of France's entire national collection of 20th-century art. French president Nicholas Sarkozy was present at the opening ceremony which took place on May 11 in the city of Metz.
At least 800 pieces—including some of the finest works by Picasso, Magritte, Dali, Matisse, Delaunay, Pollock and Giacometti—are currently on display. The show, which runs through October, is the most impressive collection of 20th-century art in one place at this time in Europe, and probably the world.In addition to his architecture, Ban, 52, who attended SCI-Arc between '78-'80, is known for his humanitarian efforts. He is currently involved in disaster relief activities in Haiti, struck by a catastrophic earthquake in January.