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Bourse de Commerce / Open Now / Art

In Paris, the most anticipated opening of the year is the $170-million, three-year redevelopment of the city’s Bourse de Commerce. Born to house works from François Pinault’s collection, which holds over 10,000 pieces, the project was led by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. Nestled between the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou, the 18th-century building conceals 19th-century frescos, and the collection moves across 10 exhibition spaces. At the center, within the Bourse’s glass-domed rotunda, Ando has created a circular concrete space of impressive scale. “I sought to set up a vibrant space,” he says of the renovation, “appropriate for a venue for contemporary art.” Highlights of the opening include Urs Fischer’s magnificent wax replica of the 16th-century Giambologna statue “The Abduction of the Sabine Women.” Ostensibly a giant candle, it was lit on the museum’s opening day—May 22—and is expected to melt in six months. Among the artists featured in other exhibitions are David Hammons, Miriam Cahn, and Pierre Huyghe. Pinault has said that his museum would not add much to Paris, but the vision and elegance of the recalibrated Bourse de Commerce suggests he is much too modest. —E.C.

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