OPEN DOORS: Due to popular demand, Kering on Sunday will once again throw open the doors of its new Paris headquarters to the general public.
The luxury group will allow access to its ongoing “Echos” exhibition gathering a selection works from François Pinault’s vast art collection. They include “Décor” (2011-2012), by Adel Abdessemed; “All” (2007), by Maurizio Cattelan; “Black Supper” (1991) by Andres Serrano, and “The last Supper” (1999) by Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Based at the former Laennec hospital on Rue de Sèvres, a hop away from swanky department store Le Bon Marché, the historic site was open to the public in September as part of the European Heritage Days. The event drew some 11,000 visitors across two days.
The event was a housewarming of sorts for Kering, which had only just moved in following a three-year restoration of the building. Resembling a quaint French village, the complex of stone buildings in cross formations spans about 185,000 square feet of space. It is also home to the Balenciaga headquarters.
The tranquil site also boasts a garden. “That’s our environmentally friendly side. We have fruit trees, we have bees. We’re going to make honey,” Kering’s chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault said at the site’s inauguration. “We’re going to make honey fashionable.”