Royal couple visit Centre Pompidou
(CS) The Grand Ducal couple visited the Centre Pompidou in Metz for the first time on Monday, visiting the current exhibitions amid praise for the cultural cooperation between Metz and Luxembourg.
French Cultural Minister Frédéric Mitterand greeted Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchesse Maria Teresa, together with mayor of Metz Dominique Gros and Jean-Luc Bohl, mayor of Montigny-lès-Metz.
Together they visited the centre, as well as a current design exhibition by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and the exhibit "Erre, variations labyrinthiques" exploring the labyrinth theme. Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, architects of the Centre Pompidou, were also at hand to discuss the building project.
Mitterand highlighted the cultural interest of the monarchs and praised the cooperation with cultural institutions in Luxembourg. The sentiment was reiterated by Centre Pompidou director Laurent Le Bon, who said it was a "great honour and joy" to welcome the high guests.
Only recently, Luxembourg's Mudam and the Centre Pompidou collaborated on an exhibit and publication on architect Daniel Buren.
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchesse were accompanied by Luxembourg Culture Minister Octavie Modert, Georges Santer, Luxembourg' Ambassador to France, as well as Mudam director Enrico Lunghi, director of the culture ministry Bob Krieps, and Jean-François Terral, the French Ambassador to Luxembourg.