private collections revealed, including those of Dr Rau, Jonas Netter, Jacqueline Picasso…
major public institutions with which partnerships have been set.
THE PARIS PINACOTHEQUE ADVENTURE
In 2003, Marc Restellini decided to create his own museum, the Pinacothèque de Paris, a novel place of culture, exhibitions and dialogue between the arts in Paris. Located on the Place de la Madeleine, the Pinacothèque de Paris would swiftly enjoy considerable success and, in 2011, it added a second exhibition venue, along with its Collections. Its solo exhibitions (Soutine and Utrillo-Valadon), its daring themes (Pollock and Shamanism, Giacometti and the Etruscans), and its presentations of hitherto unshown pieces (Chinese and Mexican national treasures) guaranteed the Pinacothèque de Paris, under the supervision of Marc Restellini, an ever greater success. As a well-informed cultural operator, Marc Restellini has always reckoned that the future of culture would lie in Asia. It was, incidentally, on the basis of this shared vision that he joined forces with the government of Singapore, there to open a new Pinacothèque, in the historic building of Fort Canning, located in the heart of the City-State.
For more than a decade, his unique curatorial approach has enabled him to take part in the rich Parisian cultural debate, contributing to it a know-how culminating in the metamorphosis of the French museum landscape in terms of:
-scenography (colours of rooms, educational content of texts, work on the content of subjects…)
-hanging and lighting the works exhibited (close hanging and specific lighting, return to a tighter hanging of the works so that they have a greater exchange with each other)
-treatment of art historical subjects (re-reading of artists, dialogues between civilizations, cross-disciplinarity, universality, double exhibitions in dialogue…)
-re-interpretation of artists (Pollock, Munch, Giacometti, Van Gogh…)
-discoveries of major collections (Jacqueline Picasso, Kremer Collection, Netter Collection, Gerstenmaier Collection…)
-re-discoveries of faraway civilizations and major periods of history (the terracotta Warriors of Xi’an, the Inca, the Maya, the Dutch Golden Age, German Expressionism…)
-discoveries of artists hitherto never exhibited in France and since taken up by other institutions (Soutine, Lichtenstein, Utrillo-Valadon, Hiroshige, Munch, Georges Rouault, Tamara de Lempicka.)