François Pinault is among the leading collectors of contemporary art in the world. He has channelled his passion for contemporary art into assembling one of the most important collections in the world today: it now includes more than ten thousand work, mostly from the 1960 to today. He has developed a cultural project aimed at promoting contemporary art and at making it accessible to the greatest number of people possible. 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 exhibitions in Venice, and since 2021 in Paris, presenting exhibitions in other institutions and supporting and encouraging up-and-coming artists and art historians.
The Pinault Collection’s museums are housed in two exceptional buildings in Venice: Palazzo Grassi, inaugurated in 2006, and Punta della Dogana, opened in 2009. These sites were renovated and rehabilitated for their new purpose by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a Pritzker Prize laureate. Works in the Pinault Collection are displayed in exhibitions that often involve the artists directly through specific commissions to create new in situ works. The Teatrino, also designed by Tadao Ando and opened in 2013, welcomes a rich cultural and educational programme, organised in collaboration with institutions and universities in Venice and abroad.
From 2021, the new museum of the Pinault Collection will be open at the Bourse de Commerce, renovated by Tadao Ando and the NeM/Niney & Marca Architects agency.
Exhibitions in other museums
Works in the Pinault Collection are also regularly presented in exhibitions across the world, including in Paris, Moscow, Lille, Essen and in Stockholm. Solicited by public and private institutions, the Pinault Collection loan many of its works to international exhibitions.
The artist’ residency in Lens
In partnership with the Hauts-de-France region and the city of Lille, François Pinault also 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 Pinault Collection, the DRAC and FRAC Grand Large, Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains and the Louvre- Lens. After welcoming the American duo Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson (2016), the Belgian artist Edith Dekyndt (2017), the Brazilian artist Lucas Arruda, the French-Moroccan artist Hicham Berrada is currently in residency in Lens. He will be succeeded by the French artist Bertille Bak in summer 2019.
The Pierre Daix Prize
François Pinault founded the Pierre Daix Prize, in homage to his friend who passed away in 2014, the art historian Pierre Daix. It is awarded each year to an exceptional study of modern or contemporary art. In 2019, the prize was given to Rémi Labrusse for his book Préhistoire. L’envers du temps, published by Hazan editions.
In 2019, the Pinault Collection is involved in the sponsorship relating to the restoration of the Victor Hugo’s house in Guernsey, Hauteville House.