The Pinault Collection, coming soon to Paris’s Les Halles district
One of the biggest contemporary art collectors in the world, François Pinault, is moving his collection to Paris’s Bourse de Commerce. The associated major renovation work began in 2017. The listed historical monument contains 3,000 m2 of exhibition space. Since the 2000s, the illustrious collector had been planning to set up a site in Paris, originally at the old Renault factories on Ile Seguin. When those negotiations didn’t pan out, François Pinault moved to another world-renowned city, Venice, with the Palazzo Grassi, inaugurated in 2006, and the Punta della Dogana, which opened in 2009. François Pinault’s collection now boasts more than 3,000 pieces dating from the 19th to 21st centuries.
The architectural project will be cylindrical, spanning five circular storeys with a diameter of 70 metres each. It will be a subtle melding of the history of the location and many new renovations, such as the fresco on the cupola and the mosaic, with an ambitious contemporary vision. And so it is in the heart of Paris, in the 1st arrondissement, that this businessman will be staking his claim with the opening of the Bourse du Commerce – Pinault Collection, scheduled for spring 2020.