The Bourse de Commerce, a temple of contemporary art

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The Bourse de Commerce, a temple of contemporary art

A short stroll from Les Halles and the Musée du Louvre, the Bourse de Commerce now houses businessman François Pinault's spectacular art collection.

Do not be deceived by the name. Once the headquarters of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Bourse de Commerce now belongs to the City of Light's large family of museums. Almost 7,000 sqm of the former stock exchange are now occupied by the exceptional contemporary art collection of François Pinault, the founder of the Kering luxury group. Wandering through this breathtaking space, visitors are invited to discover conceptual works by Rudolf Stingel, the minimalist art of Félix González-Torres, photographs by Berenice Abbott and Cindy Sherman's fictitious self-portraits.
But this historic building is more than an original cultural space. It has its own story to tell, having by turns served as a royal residence (as the “hôtel de la Reine”), the private mansion of a count (as the “hôtel de Soissons”), the Paris stock exchange, and a corn exchange. Its architecture is unusual for Paris' 1st arrondissement: unlike neighbouring buildings, the Bourse de Commerce is circular in shape and topped by a cupola. In tribute to its former life as the city's granary, the Bourse de Commerce also houses the Halle aux Grains, a café-restaurant situated on the third floor and overseen by three Michelin-starred Aveyron chef, Michel Bras. Why not take time to indulge in a light bite and at the same time, feast your eyes on the vast, 360-degree mural that stretches between the pillar tops and the cupola.

Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection
2 rue de Viarmes
75001 Paris

Tel : +33 (0)1 55 04 60 60