Since its creation in 2010, Wendel has been a constant supporter of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, and as such is a founding sponsor of the Centre. Through this partnership, Wendel wanted to provide long-term support for a flagship project for Lorraine, the birthplace of the Group and its founding families.
In 2012, the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Frédéric Mitterrand, recognized Wendel’s cultural investment by awarding the Group the distinction of Grand Mécène de la culture.
Chiara Parisi, Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, describes the Centre 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 within a venue with sculptural architecture designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines. As of June 1, 2021, the institution has attracted over 4 million visitors since its creation in 2010.
In 2020, as the tenth anniversary of the Centre Pompidou-Metz was weakened by the Covid-19 pandemic and conﬁnement measures, Wendel reaffirmed its commitment to the Centre by renewing its patronage agreement for five years. For the past eleven years, this partnership has focused on the ﬁnancing of the Center’s operating costs, enabling it to plan its multidisciplinary programming serenely for five years.