Inaugurations of the contemporary: from Paris to Venice

“Le Bourse de Commerce” Pinault Collection

In the heart of Paris, under a nineteenth-century glass dome, in dialogue between artistic and contemporary heritage, the Pinault Foundation opens its first Parisian museum by restoring the old building of the Bourse de Commerce. The opening of the new Contemporary Museum which was to open in January has instead been postponed to spring due to a pandemic.

The structure redesigned by the archistar Tadao Ando will host more than 5,000 works, the 10 galleries will be dedicated to contemporary artistic programming, the auditorium will host 284 seats and the subsoil will be dedicated to videos.

After Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice, the director Martin Bethenod will fly to Paris to direct the new museum, while Bruno Racine will take his place in Venice. Formerly director of Cultural Affairs in Paris, director of the French Academy in Rome and president of the Center Pompidou and the Bibliotèque de France.

On 11 July 2021 at Palazzo Grassi the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition and Youssef Nabil’s monographic “Once Upon a Time” will be inaugurated. The “Untitled 2020” collective exhibition will be opened at Punta della Dogana, born from a cultural triad: Thomas Houseages, Muna El Fituri, Caroline Bourgeois.

This is a good reason to visit two of the most romantic cities in the world where the souls of the artists who made them great are confronted daily with contemporary art.

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