Online Event

Cycladic at the Pinault Collection

Live Virtual Event for our MCA Friends


The Museum of Cycladic Art warmly invites you to join Aphrodite Gonou, Contemporary Art Advisor of the Museum of Cycladic Art for a virtual visit of the Pinault Collection with the collection’s curator Caroline Bourgeois on Monday, 19th April.

The Pinault Collection is housed in two exceptional buildings in Venice: Palazzo Grassi, and Punta della Dogana, both buildings were renovated by the famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Works from the vast Pinault Collection are displayed in exhibitions that often involve the artists directly, through specific commissions to create new works in situ.

In the last years, the program included a number of group shows and important solo exhibitions by artists like,  Urs Fischer, Damian Hirst, Albert Oehlen, Sigmar Polke, Martial Raysse, Rudolph Stingel, Luc Tuymans among others.


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, 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 2021, the new museum of the Pinault Collection will open in Paris, inside the Bourse de Commerce, which has been renovated by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates together with the agency NeM / Niney & Marca Architectes, the agency Pierre-Antoine Gatier and to SETEC Bâtiment. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have been appointed to design and choose all the furniture for the Bourse de Commerce.

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.


Caroline Bourgeois (1959) is the chief curator  and conservator of the Pinault Collection. Swiss born, graduated in Psychoanalysis at Paris University in 1984, she was co- director at the Jennifer Flay gallery, independent curator, then chief curator of the Plateau-FRAC Ïle de France & of TRAM contemporary art institutions network of the greater Paris area. In 1998 she was appointed to be in charge of the video section of François Pinault’s collection, before joining his Foundation to curate the exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana (Venezzia) and at large. Since 2007, Caroline Bourgeois has been curating exhibitions for the Pinault Collection, including:

Passage du temps (2007) at Lille’s Tripostal, Prima Materia (2013–14) with Michael Govan at Punta della Dogana, Venice, The Illusion of Light (2014–15) at Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Debout! (2018), at the Couvent des Jacobins and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, and currently Untitled, 2020. Three perspectives on the art of the present (2020-present) at Punta della Dogana.



Participation exclusively for our MCA Friends

Free admission


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