Martin Bethenod, Director
Martin Bethenod is the managing director of the Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection.
He began his career as project manager assisting the director of cultural affairs for the City of Paris (1993–96), going on to work as chief of staff for the president of the Centre Pompidou (1996–98) before creating and chairing the department of publications at the museum (1998–2001).
Deputy editor and director of development of Connaissance des Arts magazine from 2001 to 2002, then editor-in-chief at French Vogue (2002–03), he then worked at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, as arts delegate, in 2003 and 2004. From 2004 to 2010, Bethenod was the general director of FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair, Paris), which he steered into its current position as one of the most important international art events.
Bethenod was the 2010 artistic director of the Paris Nuit Blanche. He is also currently the chairman of Crédac (Ivry) and of the Fondation de France cultural committee. He has curated three exhibitions of the Pinault Collection, presented at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco (“Art Lovers,” 2014), the Folkwang Museum in Essen (“Dancing with Myself,” 2016), and Punta Della Dogana (“Luogo e Segni”, 2019).
Sophie Hovanessian, Secretary General
Sophie Hovanessian joined the staff of the Pinault Collection in September 2017 as secretary general.
From 2010 to 2017, Hovanessian was the administrator of the Musée Jacquemart André, owned by the Institut de France and managed by Culturespaces, as well director of programming and exhibitions of Culturespaces, a subsidiary of ENGIE. Hovanessian began her career at the Grande Halle de la Villette, where she worked on corporate sponsorships and private gifts, followed by three years at the Forum des Images as director of marketing. She then became director of the association Paris Musée, which oversees all Parisian institutions’ exhibitions and cultural projects.
Three years later, Hovanessian became director of production at the Centre Pompidou. In 2002, she became general administrator of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, where she had varied responsibilities including, among others, the programming of exhibitions at national museums and the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. From 2005 to 2010, she directed a consultancy firm specialized in cultural development and exhibition management in France and abroad, collaborating with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. Hovanessian is a former student at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and has an MA in Art History from the Sorbonne.
Daniel Sancho, Construction Manager
Daniel Sancho, a public-works engineer for the French state, joined the staff of the Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection on November 1, 2016. He is now the on-site architect in charge of the renovation of the Bourse de Commerce. From 2005 to 2016, Sancho was director of the museums and gardens of Versailles. He was the author of the master plan for the Grand Palais, which was approved by the French government in 2003. From 1998 to 2005, he worked on projects of EMOC (now renamed OPPIC), including the Grand Palais, the Cinémathèque Française, and the Palais de Tokyo.
He was part of the team working on the Grand Louvre project, directed by Jean Lebrat, from 1986 to 1998. He is assisted by Arnaud Lemaire, formerly of OPPIC, who previously collaborated on the Archives Nationales construction site in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine and the Grand Versailles.
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