The Pinault Collection
In parallel with his entrepreneurial successes over the last 50 years, François Pinault has amassed one of the world's largest collections of contemporary art. This unique collection contains more than 10,000 pieces by around 400 artists across all generations and genres, from the most high-profile to the most recently emerging.
All have now come together as the Pinault Collection, whose activities include galleries in Venice and Paris, a programme of travelling exhibitions, and the development of initiatives to promote artistic creation and art history.
In 2006, the Pinault Collection opened its first gallery in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, following its comprehensive remodelling by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, followed in 2009 by the Punta della Dogana after its restoration by the same architect, and in 2013 by the Teatrino.
In 2016, the Pinault Collection was awarded the 50-year concession to occupy the Bourse de Commerce in Paris, the remodelling of which was once again entrusted to Tadao Ando in collaboration with Lucie Niney and Thibault Marca of NeM Architects, Architect-in-Chief of the French Historic Monuments Commission Pierre-Antoine Gatier.
The Bourse de Commerce opened in 2021 to complete the gallery management arm of the Collection.
Bourse de commerce
punta della dogana
THE TRAVELLING COLLECTION
Works from the Collection are regularly exhibited in France and around the world, and have so far visited Paris, Moscow, Lille, Essen, Stockholm, Monaco, Rennes, Beirut, Seoul, Dinard, Rouen, Dunkirk, Marseille and Tourcoing. At the request of public and private institutions right around the world, the Pinault Collection pursues an active lending policy, and works in close cooperation with many different museums and galleries to advise on art acquisitions.
THE ARTISTS' RESIDENCE IN LENS
The Pinault Collection has joined forces with the Hauts-de-France region and the City of Lens to create an artists' residence in this former mining town.
Providing a place to live, a place to work and a monthly bursary, the artists' residence offers artists time and space to refine their practice in a space designed and equipped for creativity. Residencies run from September to June each year.
Seven artists have worked here since the residency was first offered in 2016:
- Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson (2016) ;
- Edith Dekyndt (2017) ;
- Lucas Arruda (2018) ;
- Hicham Berrada (2019) ;
- Bertille Bak (2019-2020) ;
- Enrique Ramirez (2020-2021) ;
- Melik Ohanian (2021-2022) ;
- Benoît Piéron (2022-2023).
THE PIERRE DAIX PRIZE
As a tribute to his friend the historian Pierre Daix, who died in 2014, François Pinault created the Pierre Daix Prize, which is awarded each year to a modern or contemporary art history publication.
Since 2015, the award has been presented to:
- Yve-Alain Bois for the first volume of the catalogue raisonné of Ellsworth Kelly's work, published by Cahiers d'Art, and Marie-Anne Lescourret for Aby Warburg ou la tentation du regard, published by Editions Hazan.
- Maurice Fréchuret for Effacer. Paradoxe d’un geste artistique, published by Presses du Réel
- Elisabeth Leibovici for Ce que le sida m'a fait - Art et activisme à la fin du XXe siècle, published jointly by JRP|Ringier and Maison rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert.
- Pierre Wat for Pérégrinations. Paysages entre Nature et Histoire, published by Hazan.
- Rémi Labrusse for Préhistoire. L'envers du temps, published by Hazan,
- Pascal Rousseau for Hypnosis. Art et hypnotisme de Messmer à nos jours, published jointly by Les Beaux-Arts de Paris and Nantes Museum of Art,
- Germain Viatte for L'envers de la médaille, published by L'Atelier contemporain.