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At 84, the billionaire François Pinault will finally realise a 20-year plan to build a private museum for his contemporary art collection in Paris. The Bourse de Commerce-Pinault Collection, housed in an 18th-century grain exchange, is poised to open just two blocks away from the Musée du Louvre. Architect Tadao Ando’s elegant restoration of the circular building was completed on schedule, yet the final phase of installation and the opening have been repeatedly delayed, most recently by the Covid-19 pandemic. What impact did the health crisis have on Pinault’s plans? “It gave us time to think,” says Jean-Jacques Aillagon, the director general of the Pinault Collection. “Gauging the extent to which people have suffered and the world at large has been affected by this pandemic, Pinault decided that our opening exhibition had to be as serious as the situation in which we find ourselves.”

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