Cartier already has one, Louis Vuitton, Galeries Lafayette or Prada in Milan. And now François Pinault too. Today, luxury companies no longer set up art foundations, they prefer to build their own museums. The recipe is always the same: a sonorous brand name, a great architect and contemporary art. Long awaited and repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic: The new museum for contemporary art in the “Bourse de Commerce”, the old trading exchange. Right in the heart of the city, next to the newly designed Les Halles shopping center and a few steps away from the second major event this summer, the reopening of the traditional department store La Samaritaine, is the circular, historic building from the 18th century, which the luxury fashion entrepreneur François Pinault long-awaited Parisian made his art collection home. The senior of the Kering Group, which includes fashion brands such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Saint Laurent, is considered the largest private collector in the world. Up to 10,000 works should belong to his collection. 200 of them adorn this opening exhibition, which he personally curated.
What more can you be amazed about? About the bold architecture - or the art? Hard to say.
The Japanese architect Tadao Ando has put a new building into the historic rotunda with arcades, stucco facades, a ceiling painting from the 19th century and a glass dome: a nine-meter-high and 30-meter-wide cylinder made of exposed concrete, based on the principle of matryoshka dolls . You can go around this cylinder on labyrinthine stairs and glass-clad walkways, which opens up exciting and contrasting perspectives. Between old and new. Between above and below. The constantly changing daylight falling through the glass dome gives the room an almost metaphysical quality reminiscent of de Chirico's magical architectural landscapes.
It's a shame that with two such strong triggers another aspect almost goes under: The subtle furniture and the fine interior of the design brothers Bouroullec, who contributed various objects inside and outside and on the top floor with the "Halle aux Grains" one of the probably have designed the most beautiful panoramic restaurants in Paris.