François Pinault’s career as a collector is as unique as his entrepreneurial success. Born in 1936, he grew up in Trévérien, a village in Ille-et-Vilaine, in Brittany. After leaving school at the age of 16, he started working, first in the family sawmill, and then in 1962, he created his first company specializing in the timber trade. This company developed to become one of the largest groups in the sector. The entrepreneur then began to focus on specialized distribution activities and moved into the luxury goods sector in 1999. The group, now known as Kering, is one of the world leaders in the luxury industry, and has been directed by François’s son, François-Henri, since 2003.
The collection brings together the works of all generations of artists, emerging talents and recognized names, coming from a wide range of cultures and origins. It is also a manifesto of the diversity of themes that underline and inspire the art of our time, in particular the often highly committed approaches to political, social, and racial and gender issues. The collection is presented to the public through hangings and exhibitions that are regularly renewed in the various museums of the Pinault Collection, and through exceptional loans and a programme of off-site events in partner institutions, both in France and abroad.