From the Director


Susan Edwards


For many years, we have been working behind the scenes to establish a working relationship with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. We are delighted that our efforts yielded the amazing retrospective exhibition of the work by Wassily Kandinksy. The exhibition is drawn largely from their collection with supplemental loans from the Milwaukee Art Museum. 

When the Centre Pompidou opened in Paris in 1977, it was revolutionary among art museums. It would be the new home for modern art, a library, and a home for multidisciplinary exhibitions and performances. In addition to offering exhibitions from a broader range of media, the Centre Pompidou would also embrace new audiences and expand educational opportunities. The architectural design by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers literally turned the building inside out, re-visioning what a museum could be. Museums around the world followed suit.

When our own institution was founded, it was determined that is was to be a “center” rather than a museum. This may seem like a minor differentiation, but the purpose was to convey to our members and visitors the same intentions of the Centre Pompidou.  Our goal was for the Frist Center to become a community resource for seeing and learning about art as well as a gathering place where one can experience a broad range of cultural offerings.

We hope to see you this fall at the Frist Center.

Susan H. Edwards, Ph.D.
Executive Director and CEO

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