François Pinault, founder of the luxury group Kering and the investment company Artémis appointed Japanese architect, Tadao Ando to transform the former stock exchange in Paris into a new museum, a cultural project, whose goal is to share Pinault’s passion for contemporary art with as broad an audience as possible. The Bourse de Commerce, a magnificent historical building full of striking period features, is getting transformed by a mastermind known for the creative use of natural light and structures that follow natural forms of the landscape. The Bourse de Commerce will be this unexpected and surprising museum of contemporary art set to open on January 23, 2021. Let’s take a peek inside this marvel that is waiting to be unfolded:
The iconic architect and his team worked around the central rotunda, dome, and murals. Without taking away the original structure’s character, they added a layer of the signature concrete minimalism.
The building will cover 6800 sq meters of exhibition space, which can either be divided into rooms from 100 to 600 square meters or can be used entirely for large-scale exhibitions.
Every aspect of art will find a place in this contemporary museum of art where a vast foyer and a black-box theatre are made available for video installations and experimental performances.
Tadao Ando’s transformation of the Bourse de Commerce in Paris for the Pinault Collection will also include a restaurant and a lounge to immerse in sweeping views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world plus the unparalleled frescoes overhead.