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The Bourse de Commerce

The Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection

The Bourse de Commerce is a new site in Paris where works from the Collection Pinault are displayed. Dedicated to contemporary art seen through the prism of the collection, it presents thematic displays and monographic exhibitions, as well as new productions, commissioned works, carte blanche events and in situ projects. Open to everyone and every artistic discipline, the Bourse de Commerce offers educational programmes, conferences and meetings, screenings, concerts and performances… Comfort, hospitality and accessibility are all central concerns in a space that maintains a serene dialogue with heritage, a modest relationship to the works, and a welcoming and non-authoritarian relationship with its visitors.

2 rue de Viarmes, 75001 Paris



The team

Martin Bethenod, director

Martin Bethenod is the managing director of the Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection and of its museum, the Bourse de Commerce. He is also the director of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, a position he has occupied
since June 1, 2010. Bethenod previously worked in a number of roles in the worlds of art and culture. 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 two exhibitions of the Pinault Collection, presented at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco (“Art Lovers,” 2014) and the Folkwang Museum in Essen (“Dancing with Myself,” 2016).


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, real estate and 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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Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana: exhibition history

  • 2017

    Damien Hirst. Treasures from the Wreck of the UnbelievableCurator of the exhibition : Elena Geuna in collaboration with the artist
    Palazzo Grassi & Punta della Dogana
    April 9, 2017 – December 3, 2017

  • 2016

    Slip of the TongueCurators of the exhibition : Danh Vo in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois
    Punta della Dogana
    April 12, 2015 – January 10, 2016 Sigmar PolkeCurator of the exhibition : Elena Geuna et Guy Tosatto
    Palazzo Grassi
    April 17, 2016 – November 6, 2016 AccrochageCommissaire : Caroline Bourgeois
    Punta della Dogana
    April 17, 2016 – November 20, 2016

  • 2015

    Prima MateriaCurators of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois and Michael Govan
    Punta della Dogana
    May 30, 2013 – Febuary 15, 2015 L’Illusion des lumièresCurator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Irving Penn, ResonanceCurator of the exhibition : Pierre Apraxine and Matthieu Humery
    Palazzo Grassi
    April 13, 2014 – January 6, 2015 Martial RaysseCurator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois in collaboration with the artist
    Palazzo Grassi
    April 12, 2015 – November 30, 2015

  • 2014

    Rudolf StingelCurator of the exhibition : Elena Geuna in collaboration with the artist
    Palazzo Grassi
    April 7, 2013 – January 6, 2014

  • 2013

    Paroles des imagesCurator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Palazzo Grassi
    August 30, 2012 – January 13, 2013

  • 2012

    Le Monde vous appartientCurator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Palazzo Grassi
    June 2, 2011 – Febuary 21, 2012 Madame Fisscher : Urs FischerCurators of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois in collaboration with Urs Fischer
    Palazzo Grassi
    April 15, 2012 – July 15 2012

  • 2011

    Mapping the Studio. Artists from the François Pinault CollectionCurator of the exhibition : Francesco Bonami et Alison Gingeras
    Punta della Dogana
    & Palazzo Grassi
    June 6, 2009 – April 10, 2011Éloge du douteCurator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Punta della Dogana
    April 10, 2011 – March 17, 2013

  • 2009

    Italics. Art italien entre tradition et révolution, 1968-2008Curator of the exhibition : Francesco Bonami
    Palazzo Grassi
    September 27, 2008 – March 22, 2009

  • 2008

    Rome et les barbares, la naissance d’un nouveau mondeCurator of the exhibition : Jean-Jacques Aillagon
    Palazzo Grassi
    January 26, 2008 – July 20, 2008

  • 2007

    Picasso, la joie de vivre. 1945-1948Curator of the exhibition : Jean-Louis Andral
    La Collection François Pinault : une sélection Post-PopCurator of the exhibition : Alison Gingeras
    Palazzo Grassi
    November 11, 2006 – March 11, 2007 Sequence 1 – Peinture et sculpture dans la collection François PinaultCurator of the exhibition : Alison Gingeras
    Palazzo Grassi
    May 5, 2007 – November 11, 2007

  • 2006

    Where Are We Going? A choice of works of the François Pinault Collection
    Curator of the exhibition : Alison Gingeras
    Palazzo Grassi
    April 29, 2006 – October 1st, 2006


Exhibitions of the Collection outside Venice

  • 2017

    Dancing with MyselfCurator of the exhibition : Martin Bethenod
    Museum Folkwang, Essen
    October 7, 2016 – January 15, 2017
    Irving Penn, ResonanceCurator of the exhibition : Matthieu Humery
    Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm
    June 16, 2017 – September 17, 2017

  • 2014

    À Triple TourCurator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Conciergerie, Paris
    October 21, 2013 – January 6, 2014Art Lovers, histoires d’art dans la Collection PinaultCurator of the exhibition : Martin Bethenod
    Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
    July 12, 2014 – September 7, 2014

  • 2013

    L’Art à l’épreuve du mondeCurator of the exhibition : Jean-Jacques Aillagon
    Dépoland, Dunkerque
    July 6, 2013 – October 6, 2013

  • 2011

    Agony and EcstasyCurator of the exhibition : Francesca Amfitheatrof
    SongEun Foundation, Seoul
    September 3, 2011 – November 19, 2011

  • 2009

    Qui a peur des artistes ?Curator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Palais des Arts, Dinard
    June 14, 2009 – September 13, 2009Un certain état du monde ?Curator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
    Mach 19, 2009 – June 14, 2009

  • 2008

    Passage du TempsCurator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Tri Postal, Lille
    October 16, 2007 – January 1st, 2008 Un certain état du monde ?Curator of the exhibition : Caroline Bourgeois
    Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
    March 19, 2009 – June 14, 2009


The Pinault Collection

History of the Pinault Collection

François Pinault has channeled his passion for contemporary into assembling one of the most important collections in the world today: it now includes more than five thousand works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His approach is fed by his commitment to sharing his passion for art with as broad an audience as possible, and to accompanying artists as they explore new territories. Since 2006, François Pinault
has oriented his cultural project along three axes: presenting ambitious exhibitions in Venice; lending works in his collection to museums across the world; and supporting and encouraging up-and-coming artists and art

His museums are housed in two exceptional buildings in Venice: Palazzo Grassi, acquired in 2005 and inaugurated in 2006, and Punta della Dogana, opened in 2009. These sites were renovated and rehabilitated for their new purpose by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a Pritzker Prize laureate. Works in the Pinault Collection are displayed in these two sites, in thematic exhibitions; artists are regularly commissioned to create new works,
often in situ. The Teatrino, also designed by Tadao and opened in 2013, welcomes a rich cultural and educational program, organized in collaboration with institutions and universities in Venice and abroad.

Works in the Collection are regularly presented in exhibitions across the world. They have been displayed in Paris, Moscow, Monaco, Seoul, Lille, Dinard, Dunkirk, Essen, and, in June 2017, in Stockholm, at the Fotografiska Museet. Solicited by public and private institutions, the Pinault Collection is proud to loan its works to international exhibitions.

The Pinault Collection is also deeply invested in supporting the work of contemporary artists, on the one hand, and on the other of historians of modern and contemporary art. In partnership with the city of Lille and the Hauts-de-France region, François Pinault founded a residency program in the former mining town. Housed in a former rectory, adapted to its new purpose by the architects of the firm NeM/Niney & Marca Architectes, it was inaugurated in December 2015. The selection of artists-in-residency is made jointly by the staff of the Collection Pinault, the DRAC and FRAC Hauts-de-France, Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, and the Louvre-Lens. After welcoming the American Melissa Budin and Aaron S. Davidson in 2016, the Belgian artist Edith Dekyndt will take over the residency through August 2017. She will be followed by the Brazilian Lucas Arruda in September 2017, then by the French-Moroccan Hicham Berrada from September 2018.

In 2014 François Pinault founded the Pierre Daix Prize, in homage to his friend, the art historian Pierre Daix. It is awarded each year to an exceptional study of modern or contemporary art. In 2018, the Prize was given to Pierre Wat for Pérégrinations. Paysages entre nature et histoire, published by Hazan.