Fodor's Expert Review Bourse de Commerce - Collection Pinault Paris

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Capping one of the art world's great rivalries, the new home of the Collection Pinault Paris was set to open in spring 2019. After years of false starts, tycoon François Pinault finally inked a deal with the city to house his billion-dollar trove of contemporary works by bold-faced names such as Mark Rothko and Damien Hirst under the historic iron-and-glass dome of the 19th-century Commerce Exchange, one of the city's most stunning, if underused, buildings. After losing a previous bid to open a museum outside Paris—taking his works to Venice instead—Gucci owner Pinault watched as archrival Bernard Arnault opened his Frank Gehry–designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2014. Not one to be outdone, Pinault tapped star Japanese architect Tadao Ando to carry out a "gentle" redesign of the spaceship-shape edifice in 2017. Inside, four levels of exhibition space spiral skyward along a giant concrete cylinder ringed at the top by a walkway offering a bird's-eye view of the galleries below.... READ MORE

Capping one of the art world's great rivalries, the new home of the Collection Pinault Paris was set to open in spring 2019. After years of false starts, tycoon François Pinault finally inked a deal with the city to house his billion-dollar trove of contemporary works by bold-faced names such as Mark Rothko and Damien Hirst under the historic iron-and-glass dome of the 19th-century Commerce Exchange, one of the city's most stunning, if underused, buildings. After losing a previous bid to open a museum outside Paris—taking his works to Venice instead—Gucci owner Pinault watched as archrival Bernard Arnault opened his Frank Gehry–designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2014. Not one to be outdone, Pinault tapped star Japanese architect Tadao Ando to carry out a "gentle" redesign of the spaceship-shape edifice in 2017. Inside, four levels of exhibition space spiral skyward along a giant concrete cylinder ringed at the top by a walkway offering a bird's-eye view of the galleries below. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who supplied a 50-year lease, called Pinault's creation an "immense gift" to the city. Before you go, don't miss the 100-foot-tall Medici Column on the backside of the building. It was once the stargazing perch of Marie de Medici's powerful astrologer, Cosimo Ruggieri. Legend has it that on stormy nights, a silhouetted figure can be seen in the metal cage at the top.

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2 rue de Viarmes
Paris, Île-de-France  75001, France

www.collectionpinaultparis.com

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