One of the greatest contemporary art collectors in the world has loaned 50 works of art to the Grimaldi Forum for their annual summer exhibition.
French business tycoon François Pinault may own some of the most prestigious luxury brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, but he is also one of the world’s major art collectors.
Having originally planned to open his own private museum on an island on the Seine in the southwest of Paris, he abandonned the idea due to being continually frustrated by the red tape, and chose instead Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice to host his impressive art collection. In total, these are more than 2,000 works on display.
Every summer the Grimaldi Forum Monaco produces a major themed exhibition, and this year it will feature fifty or so works from the Pinault collection, the majority of which have never been exhibited publicly. The exhibition, ArtLovers, runs from July 12th to September 7th.
Martin Bethenod, curator of the exhibition, says that this is one of those extraordinary collections that are well suited to a venue as prestigious as the Grimaldi Forum, with a track record for hosting truly unique events.
ArtLovers is evidence of how artists love art and make it their own. Being able to recognize these talents is not easy, and only a collector with the standing of François Pinault has been able to select so many masterpieces, ensuring the uniqueness of his collection.
Dating from the 1960’s to the present day, the works on display at this Monegasque show offer different perspectives and paths, where paintings, drawings, installations, and sculptures, arranged in six specifically designed sections, find their place and offer visitors new insights.
There will be artists from all backgrounds and styles represented. You will find works by Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Subodh Gupta, David Hammons, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Giulio Paolini, Charles Ray, Piotr Uklanski, and Yan Pei-Ming, amongst many others. The Prince’s Palace will also host a selection of three works by Thomas Schütte, Subodh Gupta, and Urs Fischer in rooms open to the public
François Pinault’s art collection is valued at US$1.4 billion, although his personal fortune (US$14 billion) is the highest among the collectors on the Wealth-X list.
As M. Pinault says “Eternity is for art, not for projects that aim to serve it.”
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