François Pinault

Collector and founder of the Pinault Collection, with two venues in Venice, working on a major new Paris building

A month before the opening of the Venice Biennale this past spring, Pinault opened Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, a much-hyped Damien Hirst exhibition across the two spaces of Pinault’s collection in Venice. And although the monumental sculptures (supposedly treasures from a shipwreck, salvaged from the bottom of the ocean) were received with some critical ambivalence, the exhibition was by far the most talked about in Venice, if only for its ambition and scale (over 180 works, some of them in Carrara marble and weighing up to four tons). After receiving the Légion d’Honneur from the French president in April, Pinault, who is chairman of luxury goods empire Kering, revealed preliminary plans for his Tadao Ando-designed foundation, set to open in a refurbished landmark building in Paris in 2019. What to expect? A building that will ‘renew hope in the future’, says Ando.