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Kimsooja at Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection, Paris

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Kimsooja at Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection, Paris

Le Monde comme Il va

From March 20 until September 2, 2024

In the spring of 2024, a set of iconic works from the Pinault Collection will be displayed throughout the Bourse de Commerce. Like a dizzying spiral within which images are generated, talk to one another, and telescope each other, they highlight François Pinault’s passion for, and commitment to, contemporary art.

Bringing together works mainly from the 1980s to the present day, the exhibition reveals the heightened awareness of the present that artists express. Le monde comme il va (The World As It Goes in english) alludes to the tumult and turbulence of current events. Stable reference points everywhere seem to be faltering and slipping away. The title comes from a philosophical tale by Voltaire in which an angel sends an envoy to observe the behaviours of a faraway people, as the Gods no longer know whether they deserve to live or should be destroyed to make way for a newer and better civilisation. Confronted with the paradoxes of humanity and his own hesitation, the narrator ultimately decides to let “the world go as it goes”, trusting that humans will take their destiny into their own hands. The works from the Pinault Collection selected for this show bear witness to this moment of uncertainty, but they also serve to draw visitors into the momentum of this sphere which keeps on turning regardless, and in the sway of whose movements we collectively write our history.

This awareness of artists is demonstrated by Kimsooja’s monumental yet delicate piece installed in the Museum Rotunda, in the context of a "carte blanche" given to the artist. An immense mirror placed on the ground inverts the architecture and with it, the order of the world. As we approach, we see the sky falling into the ground beneath our feet at the centre of the Bourse de Commerce. The invisibility of the material, which merely reflects its surrounding reality, reminds us that we are the protagonists of this narrative.

Curation : Jean-Marie Gallais, curator at the Pinault Collection

Scenography : Cécile Degos

For more information about the exhibition, please visit following website:
Le monde comme il va | Bourse de Commerce (

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