Le monde comme il va

19.04 — 02.09.2024

Bourse de Commerce, 2 rue de Viarmes, 75001 Paris

‘De Wandeling’ (The Walk), 1991

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.