Major Openings


Bourse de Commerce |Collection Pinault | Spring 2021

This new contemporary art museum is now scheduled to open in the spring of 2021. Designed by architect Tadao Ando, it will be housed in the former Commodity Exchange, the Bourse du Commerce, in the heart of the city. The dome topped building with 3000 square meters of exhibition spaces will  host the 5000-piece Pinault art collection.

Hotel de la Marine | April 2021

Having postponed its opening to the public in July, the Hotel de la Marine will now open April 13, 2021. It is located on the Place de la Concorde right across the rue Royale from the legendary Hotel de Crillon. The former headquarters of the French Navy from the French Revolution through 2015, the 18th century palace is being restored to showcase the royal and state’s period furniture, tapestries and decorative objects to be displayed in the palace’s ceremonial ball rooms.

Manufacture de la Mode de Chanel | 2021

Paris will also welcome to its immediate suburbs an innovative project, The Manufacture de la Mode de Chanel, Northeast of Paris at the Porte d’Aubervilliers. Designed by architect Rudi Ricotti, the building will welcome all luxury crafts in one place, which means workshops of jewelers, bootmakers, embroiderers, glove makers and luxury ready-to-wear brands.

Musée Méliès  | 2021

Film buffs will be happy to hear that the Musée Méliès  at the Cinematheque Francaise in Bercy will open its doors in 2021. Named for the pioneer film director and illusionist Georges Melies, the museum will retrace the history of cinema including such themes as the origins of visual effects to today’s most stunning special effects.

Samaritaine | Early 2021

Another development worth celebrating by Parisians and visitors alike is the opening early 2021 of what can be called the “new” Samaritaine. It was founded in 1870 by Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jaÿ, with a first boutique at the Pont-Neuf. They expanded to include the now landmarked Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings that made the department store so iconic. This shopping & family destination of Paris was purchased in 2001 by luxury powerhouse LVMH. Closed in 2005, the new iteration, overseen by the award winning SANAA Agency, will artfully meld contemporary architecture and restoration of the historic buildings and include a socially diverse component—offices, subsidized  housing and a child care center in the ancillary buildings that stretch two blocks between the Quai du Louvre and the Rue de Rivoli. The three main buildings will house a department store, food courts and restaurants, and in the Art Deco building facing the Seine River a 72-room Cheval Blanc hotel.

French Regions

Bordeaux | Bassin de Lumières | Opened June 2020

You will be happy to hear that Bordeaux’s Bassins de Lumières, a grand digital and immersive exhibition space housed in 4 huge basins of the former WWII submarine base opened this June after just a three month delay. Running through January 3, its two inaugural exhibits, « Gustav Klimt, gold and colour » and « Paul Klee, painting music” will be followed March 2021 to January 2022 by “Monet, Renoir, Chagall Journeys Around the Mediterranean” & and on the same theme an exhibit of Nice native “Yves Klein: Infinite Blue.”

Deauville | Les Franciscaines | March 2021

A new cultural venue is coming March 30, 2021 to the chic seaside resort of Deauville in Normandy. Known for its horse racing, photography and the American Film Festival, Deauville will also be known for Les Franciscaines, an innovative cultural center featuring a museum, media center and auditorium. It will be housed in former buildings used by Franciscan nuns since 1876. Les Franciscaines’ architectural rebirth will meld the historic building with ultra-contemporary elements and interiors.

The museum’s collection will include 546 art works donated at his death by figurative painter André Hambourg—all of which were inspired by Deauville’s beautiful coastline known as the Cote Fleurie. An additional 100 paintings from the artist’s personal collection will be permanently exhibited including works from his contemporaries Marie Laurencin, Foujita, Van Dongen, and Derain. The city has also embarked on an aggressive acquisitions program to grow its collection with works by Eugène Boudin, Paul Signac, André Lhôte, Moïse Kissling, Raoul Dufy and others.

Fontevraud | Modern Art Museum of Fontevraud | December 2020

The 12th century Fontevraud Abbey near Chinon and Saumur in the Atlantic Loire Valley welcomed last December a modern art museum, the private collection of Martine and Léon Cligman. These 900 works from the 19th and 20th centuries include paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec, Corot, Degas, Delacroix and Soutine, and sculptures by Rodin and Germaine Richier. They will be displayed in the Fannerie, the former stables of the mother abbesses.

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