Since the creation of the endowment fund in 2010, Wendel has acted as the Center Pompidou-Metz’s founding patron providing it with support since. This flagship project in Metz is especially significant for Wendel as Lorraine is the birthplace of the Group and its founding families. In 2012, the Minister of Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand, praised Wendel’s cultural investment by awarding the Group the distinction of “Grand Patron” of culture.
Chiara Parisi, Director of the Center Pompidou-Metz, defines the institution “as a leading artistic destination”. An independent branch of the Centre Pompidou, the Metz institution has built a solid reputation thanks to the quality and diversity of its programming in a location with sculptural architecture designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines. As of June 1, 2021, the establishment had attracted more than four million visitors since its 2010 opening.
In 2020, when the tenth anniversary of the Center Pompidou-Metz was weakened by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures, Wendel reaffirmed its commitment to the Center by reiterating its sponsorship agreement for five years. For the past 11 years, this partnership has focused on financing the institution’s operating costs, enabling it to plan its multidisciplinary programming over a five-year period.