The Bourse de Commerce- Pinault Collection Opens This Month

The Bourse de Commerce- Pinault Collection Opens This Month
The Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection opens its doors to the public on Saturday, May 22. President Macron announced that museums, theaters, and cinemas, shuttered since October 2020, are open from May 19 as part of the country’s phased reopening. Part of the newly redesigned Les Halles district, La Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, located in what was formerly the Commodities Exchange (circa 1767, for the trade of corn, grains and other commodities), is now home to the awesome contemporary art collection of François Pinault, the French luxury goods billionaire businessman. Restored and transformed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the museum was originally scheduled to open last summer. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, the opening has been postponed four times! Overseen by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, special advisor to François Pinault, and directed by Managing Director Martin Bethenod, the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection is tipped to be the city’s major cultural highlight of 2021. Interior of the museum. (C) The Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection takes its place among the fascinating network of places and initiatives (like the Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana, Venice) created by François Pinault, showcasing pieces lovingly garnered for more than 40 years. The collection of more than 10,000 works include paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, audio works, installations and performances. With an independent entrance, located on the third floor, beneath the magnificent cupola, the Café-Restaurant Halle aux Grains is certainly set to become a foodie destination – with the usual Pinault flair and attention to detail. Michel and Sébastien Bras, the father and son chef duo from Laguiole in the Auvergne region, will send out their unique contemporary spins on organic grains (including corn, cereals, chia, pulses, buckwheat…) Wheatgerm soufflé, anyone ? Sébastien et Michel Bras (C) Halle aux Grains

Lead photo credit : The Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection (C) Marc Domage

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