The wait is finally, almost over: The Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection, a contemporary art museum established by businessman François Pinault, will open to the public on Saturday, January 23, 2021. Situated between the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou in central Paris, the private museum was once meant to open in June of 2020, but that plan was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic. (The city shut down just as artworks and furniture were beginning to be installed.) Now, to accommodate physical distancing protocols still in place throughout France, the events marking its grand unveiling will stretch over several days.
“I am delighted with the upcoming opening of the Bourse de Commerce,” says Pinault, the owner of Kering. “Not only will it add to the European landscape of institutions devoted to presenting contemporary art, but after the difficult year experienced by France and the world in 2020, it will contribute to the renaissance of the Parisian cultural sphere.”Photo: Marc Domage
Boasting some 73,000 square feet of dedicated cultural programming space, the museum occupies the city’s former stock exchange (hence the name), a historical monument with origins as a grain exchange in the 18th century. (An iron dome capped its expansive central rotunda in 1811, and its panoramic painted mural was commissioned by five different artists at the end of the 19th century.) For the building’s most recent reimagining, Pinault tapped the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, who also designed the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Pinault’s other museums.
Although it’s not yet known what will be on display at the Bourse de Commerce—the details of its programming will remain a secret until the opening—Pinault’s personal art collection comprises some 5,000 works by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons.
Pinault has long wanted to show his collection in Paris; in the early 2000s, he attempted to transform a former car manufacturing plant into a gallery space. His reasons are fairly simple: “I am writing the next chapter of my cultural project,” he said in 2017, “whose goal is to share my passion for contemporary art with as broad an audience as possible.”