Art Odyssey

Paris’s newest museum, the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando is a must-see for lovers of contemporary art.

With 32,000-square-feet of exhibit space housed in the historic former grain market and stock exchange building in the city’s center, the museum exhibits the extensive collection of billionaire François Pinault, CEO and president of luxury goods group Kering, featuring over 5,000 modern and contemporary works from artists like Piet Mondrian, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.

“The theme here, once again, is to create a building that connects the past with the present and the future.” — Tadao Ando

While the art is spectacular, the museum is an experience unto itself boasting a black box theater, 300-seat auditorium and a restaurant nestled under the original glass and steel dome. Ando created a central cylinder inside the existing structure which adds new exhibit space, representative of his desire to marry memories of the past with modernism.

As the only museum in Paris dedicated to art from the 1960s to present day, the Bourse de Commerce Museum – Pinault Collection is a welcome addition to Paris’s cultural scene, and a beautiful space to house such an extraordinary collection.

 “I want to create a space that moves people. It doesn’t matter if it is a house, or a museum, or whatever.” — Tadao Ando

“There is a role and function for beauty in our time.” — Tadao Ando

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