Inside Paris' new $195 million art museum
May 17, 2021 at 16:42
Written by Leah Dolan, CNNParis' former stock exchange, the Bourse de Commerce, will reopen its doors this week having undergone a $195 million transformation into a new landmark museum for contemporary art.
Three years in the making, the redesign was led by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and supported by a team of Parisian architects, including NeM Architects Agency.
The expansive space, stretching over 10,000 square meters (more than 100,000 square feet), will house the contemporary art collection of French billionaire François Pinault.
An interior shot from inside the newly renovated and redesigned building.
Credit: Patrick Tournebœuf/Bourse de Commerce - Pinault CollectionPinault, who is the founder of luxury conglomerate Kering (parent company of fashion houses Gucci and Saint Laurent, among others), has spent 20 years working toward opening a private museum in Paris for his collection.
For years, I have longed to be able to show my collection in Paris, the city I love."
Design work on the project began back in 2017. Credit: Patrick Tournebœuf/Bourse de Commerce - Pinault CollectionPinault described the debut as a "manifesto of the values" he has long championed, namely, "the thirst for freedom, the rebuttal of injustice, the acceptance of diversity."
Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection, Paris.
Credit: Patrick Tournebœuf/Bourse de Commerce - Pinault CollectionAndo has added a central concrete cylinder to the inside of the museum, beneath the building's signature cupola, as "a hyphen to link the past and the present, to produce a vision of the future," he said.
The entire project has been "built on the idea of setting dialogues between the present of contemporary creation and the past," said Martin Bethenod, deputy chief executive officer of the Pinault Collection.
Harmony between heritage and modernity is built into every inch of the Bourse de Commerce's redesign, right through to the museum cafe.
Watch the video above to see inside the impressive new space.