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François Pinault announced the opening of a museum at the Board of Trade of Paris

 

Wednesday, April 27th, alongside the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and his son François-Henri Pinault, the famous collector announced that a new museum was to house his collection in 2018, in the Board of Trade.

Courtesy Ville de Paris.

 

“An exceptional gift to Parisians and tourists from around the world,” is how the Mayor of Paris welcomed the announcement of the 2018 opening of the Board of Trade at the town hall today. Following the failure ten years ago to install the Pinault collection on the île Seguin - going to Venice instead - the French capital is ready for revenge. Located but a stone’s throw away from the newly renovated Halles, the museum, “will sit in the heart of a Paris on the move” says Anne Hidalgo. “Art won’t save the world but it’s one of the best weapons to push back obscurant ideas and barbarism”, she added in reference to recent attacks on Paris and Brussels. 

 

François Pinault enthusiastically announced that the Japanese architect Tadao Ando would be responsible for the new museum, having also collaborated with him in Venice. Calling for “an architectural gesture of great scope respecting heritage and history, and which we will still be talking about at the end of this century”, the Breton businessman emphasised, and not without humour, that he didn’t want this museum to become an “elephant’s graveyard” too quickly. “The greatest contemporary artists in the collection will be present here starting with Pierre Huyghe and Charles Ray”, he confirmed.

 

Martin Bethenot, head of the Venetian institution, will now oversee the Paris-Venice ensemble. “A global project that will take a nothing away from Venice”, he explains. François-Henri Pinault concluded the announcement insisting that the “transformation of the all consuming passion of [his] father is a truly family adventure.”

 

 

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