Bernard Blistène & Serge Lasvignes

Director and president of Centre Pompidou

It’s been a busy year for the duo at the helm (director and president respectively) of the Centre Pompidou, who in addition to running an increasingly interdisciplinary programme (including retrospectives of key, although often overlooked, figures like designer Pierre Paulin and painter Karel Appel, and a show of new works by Jean-Luc Moulène) have been preparing the 40th anniversary of the museum, which kicks off this coming January. It will be a ‘decentralised celebration’, in the words of Lasvignes, who announced some 50 exhibitions and 15 dance and music performances across 40 partner institutions in France and its overseas territories. Blistène meanwhile managed to secure a donation of 350 works of Russian art from the 1950s to now, to complement the museum’s 120,000-strong collection – the largest of modern and contemporary art in Europe. Not impressed? Well, then maybe the recent announcement of a Centre Pompidou in Brussels will do the trick.