The Bourse de Commerce opens as a contemporary art space

Bourse de Commerce interior

Once used as a place to negotiate the trade of grain and other commodities, the Bourse de Commerce has received new life as the Parisian exhibition site of the Pinault Collection of art. Although its new role is exciting, the building has significant architectural merit. Built in 1763–67 the original open-air interior court was eventually capped with a copper dome. About 120 years later, much of the structure was replaced, and sculptures and painted murals added. Over time, commodity exchanges no longer needed such an elaborate structure, and much of the Bourse de Commerce came to be occupied by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

That changed in 2016 when the mayor of Paris offered Francois Pinault a 50-year lease. The building would now become an exhibition space for contemporary art, as well as pieces from the Pinault Collection. The collection is considered an exceptional assemblage of over 10,000 works by almost 400 artists, featuring paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, audio works, installations, and even performances. Although the outside of this beautiful historic building remains intact, there was a major change to the interior. A 30-foot-high concrete cylinder sits inside the building as the main exhibition gallery.

After an initial delay due to COVID-19, the Bourse de Commerce Pinault Collection opened in May, 2021.

If you get hungry, there’s a restaurant on the third floor with views of the building and surrounding area.

NOTE: presentation of a French health pass or valid European certificate is required for admission.

Location: 2 rue de Viarmes, 75001 Paris

Hours: Open Monday to Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM, and Fridays until 9 PM
Free admission on the first Saturday of
 the month from 5 PM to 9 PM
Closed Tuesdays

With thanks to travel journalist Geoff Burton for letting us know about this new and exciting contemporary art venue.

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