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François Pinault

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Appointments & departures

Ex-presidential press director who led billionaire François Pinault’s art empire quits after six months

Sylvain Fort steps down ahead of Paris gallery launch at the historic Bourse de Commerce, which has been delayed due to coronavirus

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Private Museums

François Pinault's long-awaited Paris gallery will open next June

The refurbishment of the Bourse de Commerce space, designed by Tadao Ando, costs $170m

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

It's official: French tycoons finalise €300m donations for fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Foundation secures funds from Bernard Arnault and François Pinault towards the reconstruction of the cathedral

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Appointments & departures

President Macron’s former public relations chief heads up François Pinault’s art empire

Opera expert Sylvain Fort will oversee the billionaire’s museums in Venice and Paris

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Director of Pinault Collection proposes controversial 90% tax breaks for Notre Dame donors

But Pinault family says it is not seeking tax relief for its €100m donation towards the reconstruction effort

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In the frame

Henry Taylor’s finger-lickin’ painting in Rennes

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Collectors

Pinault Collection extends empire with Rennes show, new Paris space and long-term loans programme

French billionaire—whose collection numbers 3,000 works—has sold 130 pieces since 2000

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Exhibitions

The art of cross-dressing: under-the-radar artists surface in Venice exhibition

Works by Marcel Bascoulard and Urs Lüthi explore ideas around gender and identity

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In the frame

Damien Hirst mockumentary released on Netflix chronicles story behind epic Venice exhibition

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Exhibitions

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable: Details emerge about Damien Hirst’s secretive Venice show

Finished just in time for the Venice Biennale, this project has been 10 years in the making

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Bernard Arnault

What we know about the mysterious Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, brainchild of Bernard Arnault

Luxury goods billionaire opens long-awaited private museum designed by Frank Gehry

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François Pinault

Pinault collection gets Paris show

The upcoming exhibition will feature around 50 works by 22 artists

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Rudolf Stingel

Stingel prettifies Pinault’s Venice palazzo

The Italian artist has selected his own works to fill the entire space

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Lacma

LA director Michael Govan to rehang Pinault’s art

Venice exhibition will draw on works from Pinault's vast collection

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Pinault appoints curator for first Palazzo Grassi show..

The French billionaire chooses Alison Gingeras from the Guggenheim

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Pinault to open new space next to Palazzo Grassi

His third Venetian building will house films, debates and performances

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Pinault sends his collection across the globe

Modern and contemporary works are on the way to Korea and Brazil

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Roll-over rate at Pinault's Venice exhibition spaces is too slow for many

Exhibitions at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi rotate after two years

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François Pinault poaches leading Paris fair director

Martin Bethenod to head collector’s Venice venues as disquiet grows over stalled exhibition programme

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Emmanuel Perrotin

Versailles exhibitions spark controversy: Perrotin answers the critics

Three of Emmanuel Perrotin's artists host shows at the iconic French palace

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Museum directors

Knives out for Pinault over resignation of Palazzo Grassi director

After director quits, billionaire accused of grandstanding his private collection

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Collectors

Interview with collector François Pinault: “With art, emotion is vital, while in business it is generally considered suspect”

The billionaire collector granted us a rare audience at his new gallery in Venice

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Pinault’s electric chair Christ upsets the French; black version to be shown in London

Paul Fryer's work was installed in the city of Gap over Easter weekend

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Pinault sells shares in auction group

The billionaire entrepreneur bought a majority stake in 2000

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France finally gets to see Pinault’s art in new exhibition

The owner of Christie's to show works from his personal collection for the first time

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Takashi Murakami

News from New York: Crumbs for Zwirner while Murakami pulls out all stops for Gagosian Exhibition

But the Japanese artist keeps French billionaire François Pinault waiting for his 13-panel painting

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Sigmar Polke

Pinault procures Polke paintings

Billionaire is set to open new Venice museum in 2009

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Pinault commits $110m to new museum

Japanese architect Tadao Ando will visit the site this month

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Pinault trounces Guggenheim in battle to control Customs House

The French billionaire has been awarded a 30-year lease on the historic site

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Pinault refuses to collaborate with Guggenheim in Venice

City authorities insist on joint lease for the Customs House

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Pinault commissions remake of Chapman piece

The original work burned in a fire 2004

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Jake & Dinos Chapman

Chapmans raise Hell for François Pinault: Recreating a work lost to flames

The original piece was destroyed in a disastrous 2004 warehouse fire

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Guggenheim versus Pinault over prime city site

Who will lease the Punta della Dogana?

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Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault, luxury goods billionaire, to show his art in new private foundation in Paris

But what is in the collection of LVMH chairman?

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François Pinault injects cash into French auction house

Piasa gets revamp after falling out of top six

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How François Pinault beat Sheikh Saud to a Jeff Koons flower sculpture

The Emir of Qatar, the Sheikh’s cousin, was also keen on acquiring the work

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Rising Japanese stars at bargain prices to be found at Geisai

François Pinault was a judge at the vast but inexpensive Geisai fair

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Pinault brings new life to Palazzo Grassi

French billionaire François Pinault finally reveals his art

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Fiac

French collectors boost sales at FIAC

Billionaire François Pinault bought Chen Zhen and Pistoletto

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Pinault eyes up second site in Venice....

Following recent purchase of Palazzo Grassi

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Mr Pinault’s director returns to the Walker

Philippe Vergne had been appointed director of François Pinault’s foundation for contemporary art

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Frank Gehry

François Pinault has abandoned plans to build a contemporary museum in Paris. Will his arch rival do it instead?

Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, has hired Canadian architect Frank Gehry to produce designs for a new museum

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Loss of Pinault collection is “catastrophe” for Paris

A top museum director and a dealer react to the billionaire’s decision to show his contemporary art collection in Venice

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Robert Rauschenberg

Pinault sells Rauschenberg to MoMA for $30 million

French billionaire has recently sold works by Rothko, Warhol and Mondrian

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Seen at ArtBasel: François Pinault

The French billionaire is the new owner of the Palazzo Grassi

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Venice

François Pinault to buy Palazzo Grassi

Sale to Guido Angelo Terruzzi has been abandoned

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Pinault Foundation names its first director

Philippe Vergne is senior curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

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Lifting the lid on François Pinault’s empire

A new book traces the entrepreneur's rise and potential fall

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Art market

Christie’s owner François Pinault has lost his latest attempt to annul his purchase of an Egyptian statue of Sésostris

Where should Pinault go from here?

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Will François Pinault’s museum on the Seine be built?

Following rumours that Pinault is struggling financially

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Pinaults face controversy over antique table at auction

Following €1.23 million bid over writing desk

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Pinault pulls the plug on planned Paris museum

The French billionaire has ditched plans for a contemporary art museum on the Ile Seguin and has instead bought the Palazzo Grassi in Venice

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François Pinault loses Egyptian antiquity case

Controversy over statue which dates from 1850-1720 BC

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Art market

With Sotheby's and Christie's allowed to hold sales in Paris for the first time, can Paris regain its lost place in the art market?

A new French revolution?

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Pinault copies Arnault and buys French auctioneers Etude Tajan

Owner of Christie's bids high and wins big

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Christie’s is bought out by the French

François Pinault’s offer is a massive twenty-six times earnings