Paris opens more museums in 2020
The top highlight event, which is particularly popular with the media, is the inauguration of the Fondation Pinault Museum in June 2020. The museum is housed in a massive building with a splendid glass dome, due to two François-Joseph architect Belanger et Henri Blondel was built in the 18th century. Previously, this building was the Commercial Exchange (Bourse de Commerce) located next to Saint Eustache church in the Les Halles area.
The race between the Vuitton and Pinault museums
This is an ambitious project sponsored by the 83-year-old billionaire François Pinault (his fortune is estimated at up to $ 33.4 billion). This contemporary art museum, and a cultural center, has been designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, to create a spectacular display space worthy of the huge collection created by The French billionaire has been collecting collectibles for decades.
Art critics claim that the Pinault Fondation Museum, once opened, will compete directly with the Fondation Vuitton Museum located in the Boulogne forest of billionaire Bernard Arnault (property of LVMH general manager). to 108 billion dollars). Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum is located in the western suburbs near Paris. While the Fondation Pinault Museum, deliberately chose a location right in the heart of Paris, to gain the upper hand in the race between two prestigious collections.
Also in the summer of 2020, the old Hôtel de la Marine was the Naval Administration’s administrative office located right on Concorde square, after nearly four years of restoration will reopen, in the form of a museum dedicated to the Art collection of royal Al Thani ruled Qatar. Hôtel de la Marine operates in the model of an exhibition space, and the Al Thani royal family has hired a section to display antiques and artworks for 20 years.
Groundbreaking of the Great Decades Museum
Another great project is the plan to start the construction of the “ Grand Siècle ” Museum (Great Century), the common name of the 17th century, the tyrannical monarchy of Louis 14, also called the Sun King (1643-1715). As expected, the large L-shaped building, called the Sully Barracks (formerly reserved for the king’s cavalry) on the banks of the Seine River, in the Saint-Cloud region will be repaired to turn into a museum. The museum is dedicated to the 17th century and also displays a collection of researcher Pierre Rosenberg, an expert on the French painting school of the 17th and 18th centuries through the typical faces of Nicolas Poussin, Antoine Watteau and Jacques- Louis David.
On the side of the ancient museums that have been closed for restoration over the past few years, there is the Carnavalet museum specializing in Paris history, the Palais Galliera fashion art museum, the gallery of the French National Library (BNF). on the Richelieu, the Victor Hugo museum at Place des Vosges square. These venues are reopened from the beginning of 2020 onwards, the common point is that the exhibition spaces have been expanded and upgraded with many new technology applications.
The event of Paris opening more museums and galleries (whether public or private) shows the attraction of the French capital in the field of culture. However, the concentration of weighted cultural venues creates a disproportionate situation compared to neighboring provinces, as well as remote areas.
Difference between Paris and the provinces
According to Célia Vérot, executive director of the Protection Fund for Architectural Heritage, it is indeed a blessing that the historic temple mansions were renovated into museums. However, should invest in reviving theaters, family museums, old villas of artists and writers outside the central Paris area. That will bring a lot of economic profits as well as create more jobs where needed. Heritage protection associations always support the development and promotion of projects in areas that have a lot of potential but are rarely exploited or neglected.
Up to now, in order to create a counterweight to Paris and thus balance the huge gap between the capital and the provinces, many important projects such as the Pompidou-Metz Cultural Center, the Louvre-Lens Museum and More recently, the Louvre-Liévin Research Center (in the Pas-de-Calais region), has been established. Besides, the city of Marseille has invested in the construction of the large MUCEM museum, the city of Lyon boasts the Musée des Confluences Natural History Museum, the city of Bordeaux has Cité des Vins. These cases show the proactive investment policy of the provincial councils, but these efforts are not enough.