The Bourse de Commerce, a new site for the Pinault Collection
Over the past 50 years, François Pinault has assembled one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the world, including close to 10,000 works. This one-of-a-kind collection offers a unique perspective on the art of our time, a singular, committed, and impassioned view of creation from the 1960s to the present day.
The Bourse de Commerce opened its doors in 2021. This latest addition to the Pinault Collection museums is housed in an impressive circular monument in the heart of Paris. It offers a unique experience for the visitor throughout its curved galleries, beneath its vast Rotunda and around its concrete cylinder.
A major feature of Paris’s historical heritage, the Bourse de Commerce has witnessed five centuries of history and architectural feats. A symbolic monument in the Les Halles neighborhood, the building evolved through a series of metamorphoses: from the 16th century with Catherine de’ Medici to the 18th-century Halle au blé. It was then topped with a spectacular metal dome in 1813.
Redesigned in 1889 to become the “Paris Stock Exchange”, this exceptional site has been revived today thanks to a radical contemporary architectural act. Tadao Ando created the conditions for a dialogue between architecture and its context, between heritage and contemporary creation, the past and the present, the collection and the visitor.
Painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, performance: the Bourse de Commerce is open to all disciplines as well as to all audiences, regardless of their relationship to art or their understanding of the works.
The museum encourages all audiences to open up to contemporary art, in a dialogue with the building’s heritage. The visit encourages the discovery of artworks and artists over time and through spaces designed for contemplation or focused attention- through the welcoming and watchful presence of mediators and the availability of tools to enhance the visit.
With a range of galleries and spaces of various types, the Bourse de Commerce offers a regularly changing program of thematic and solo exhibitions.
After a carte blanche devoted to the American sculptor Charles Ray (born in 1953), the first of its kind in Europe in terms of its scale, the Bourse de Commerce presents this summer a new exhibition: Une seconde d’éternité (A Second of Eternity).
For this new season bringing together summer and winter, the need for the here and now, and the search for the infinite, elusive though it may be, Une seconde d’éternité takes visitors on a journey inspired by the question and experience of time, through a selection of artworks from the Pinault Collection.
The exhibition is gradually taking over all the spaces of the Bourse de Commerce, beginning with the Felix Gonzalez-Torres — Roni Horn exhibition and OPERA (QM.15) by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, which have been presented since April. It brings together the works of some 20 artists.
The account created here through the exhibited works explores the polysemous nature of present time, in turn suspended, fleeting, inhabited by spectral presences, and traversed by the theme of loss and incarnation. This cycle borrows its title from a 1971 work by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers, Une seconde d’éternité (d’après une idée de Charles Baudelaire), a film that brings to life for one short moment the presence of the artist through the simple portrayal of his signature. The work sets the tone for an exhibition where the intensity of the presence of bodies and images is set against their fleeting nature.
Visiting the Bourse de Commerce—Pinault Collection
Open daily, except Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and late opening on Friday.
2, rue de Viarmes, 1st arrondissement
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 04 60 60
Email: [email protected]
— Full rate 14€
— Reduced rate 10€
Membership: one card, three museums
- Membership / Solo 1 year – 35€. Visit when you want
- Membership / Duo 1 year – 60€. Invite whoever you want
Become a member! For an entire year, get unlimited and priority access to the Bourse de Commerce, Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana and to the exhibitions of the Pinault Collection, and:
- Receive a welcome gift and your membership card
- Receive invitations to the exhibition openings
- Participate in a program of guided visits and exclusive events
- Enjoy preferential rates at events.
- Enjoy special offers with partner institutions of the Pinault Collection
- Enjoy discounts in the bookshops and restaurant-cafés of the three museums.
La Halle aux Grains – Restaurant-Café
Boasting stunning views from the third floor of the Bourse de Commerce, this distinguished restaurant allows visitors to taste the culinary offerings of Michel and Sébastien Bras, inspired by the history of the venue. Open 7/7, fom midday to midnight (closed Tuesday lunchtime).
Lead photo credit : Images courtesy of Pinault Collection