Art museum will open in former stock exchange Bourse de Commerce in Paris

Bourse de Commerce, Paris.
Bourse de Commerce, Paris. Image: xiquinhosilva Wikimedia CC BY SA 2.0

Set to open on the 23rd of January 2021, the museum will display the collection of the businessman and art collector Francois Pinault in thematic exhibitions.

The eighteenth-century grain-exchange building is being reinterpreted as a cultural space by the Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando. The 73,000 square metres cultural space will feature thematic exhibitions of contemporary art that has been collected by Pinault over the years. The mural painted on the rotunda of the iron dome of the structure accentuates the dramatic effect of the grand structure. It also has a vast foyer and a black-box theatre which can be used for video installations and experimental performances.

It will also host monographic exhibitions, and support new productions, commissioned works, organize events and projects. Bourse de Commerce is open to all artistic disciplines including painting, sculpture and video. In its 284-seat auditorium, Bourse de Commerce will offer educational programs including concerts, conferences, meetings, performances and screenings.

Owing to the pandemic the grand opening was postponed by a month and now the event has been spread over a few days. The Bourse de Commerce will also closely collaborate with other Pinault museums in Venice – the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana (also designed by Tadao Ando).

Click here to see the first glimpses of the museum.

Sourced from Lonely Planet and Vogue.

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