Paris: The Bourse de Commerce, François Pinault’s new mega contemporary art gallery launches officially on May 22. The opening show, titled ‘Ouverture’, plays on the theme through the ‘opening of new windows, new perspectives. This latest museum is central to a network of sites and initiatives developed by the French luxury goods magnate since 2006. It offers a view on the contemporary art collection he has amassed over the past forty years through a unique programme of exhibitions and events.
“The opening of the Bourse de Commerce, a major new gallery in the heart of Paris to display my collection, marks a new phase in the execution of my cultural project, which is to share my passion for contemporary art with the widest possible audience.” François Pinault
The collection contained over 10,000 pieces of 20th and 21st-century art by 4,000 artists, including Urs Fischer, Maurizio Cattelan, David Hammons, Philippe Parreno, Willem de Kooning, Piet Mondrian, Agnes Martin, Mark Rothko, Richard Serra, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, and Cindy Sherman.
François Pinault and the Council of Paris announced plans to convert the city’s landmark building Bourse de Commerce into a contemporary art museum in 2016. The renovation project reportedly cost over 100 million euros. The museum will host around ten exhibitions per year. According to Pinault, the new museum will work in coordination with its Venetian sisters. Collaborations with other Parisian art institutions are also planned.
François Pinault entrusted Tadao Ando again for this renovation. He teamed up with Pierre-Antoine Gatier (architect-in-chief of the French National Heritage) and Lucy Niney and Thibault Marca of NeM agency, and Setec Bâtiment for the engineering of the project. The façades, the roof and the circular painting in the building’s dome were rehabilitated.
A 30-feet high and 100-feet in diameter concrete cylinder built beneath the central cupula serve as the main exhibition gallery, a “building within a building”. The project covers a 32,000 square feet modular exhibition surface and a restaurant on the 3rd floor. The French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec designed the museum’s interior and exterior furnishings.
This week, President Macron announced that museums, theatres, and cinemas, shuttered since October 2020, can open on May 19 as part of the country’s phased reopening.
Top Photo: The Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection © Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, Niney et Marca Architectes, agence Pierre-Antoine Gatier. Photo Maxime Tetard