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 three 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 exhibitions in Venice, 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 the 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 works in situ. The Teatrino, also designed by Tadao and opened in 2013, welcomes a rich cultural and educational program, organised in collaboration with institutions and universities in Venice and abroad.
In October 2019, the new museum of the Pinault Collection will be finished in Paris, inside the Bourse de Commerce, which will be renovated by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates together with the agency NeM / Niney & Marca Architectes, the agency Pierre-Antoine Gatier and to SETEC Bâtiment.
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.
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.
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 2017, the prize was given to Elisabeth Lebovici for her essay Ce que le sida m'a fait, published by éditions jrp | ringier.