François Pinault’s Paris Museum was ready to open in June after several renovations. The museum was ready for the public in the same month that France went into complete lockdown. Hence, Pinault announced the opening date to be September 2020.

It looks like eager visitors will have to wait longer as the founder of the PPR retail, known as Kering now; Pinault announces further delay in the day of opening.

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The conditions in France

The news comes as France is tackling the global coronavirus crisis presently. The opening of the Paris Museum will take place in the spring of 2021 reports Le Figaro, a French newspaper.

The institution, Foundation Pinault spoke of the conditions in a statement. They home to unveil the museum as soon as the social distancing and quarantine measures have been relaxed. This is for the best as they prioritize the health and protection of their employees.

France is at the peak of the health crisis as they have close to 165,000 positive cases of coronavirus. As of 16 April, 17,000 people have died from the virus in the country.

About the museum

The museum is located in the Bourse de Commerce, a former stock exchange. Pinault has taken a 50-year lease on the building for the museum. The cost to construct the museum lands at around $170 million and the Japanese architect, Tadao Ando holds credit for the design.

The Bourse de Commerce is a 150,000-square-foot building, located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. The 18th-century building is near the Forum des Halles shopping center and is a historical monument.

Pinault announced the museum in 2016 with his son François-Henri Pinault. His son is the chairman and chief executive officer of Kering and also the president of the family holding company Artémis.

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