Bourse de Commerce & L’origine des choses

A weekly visit to one of the Amsterdam musea for a drawing class was part of my school program when attending a school for Art Direction with the subject of advertising drawing among others. Lately I do not visit musea that much as I can’t be bothered with the long lines of tourists in Amsterdam.

When I was walking along the bourse de commerce in Paris and saw no people waiting, I took the chance to have a look inside the historical building. Another spot that was on my list for some time. Writing this blog I realize I did not made that many pictures of the beautiful Dome. Head over to my Instagram Paris 24 highlight to see more



The Bourse de commerce was originally a place where people traded grain and other goods. Over time, it evolved into a hub for business services run by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. Built in the late 1700s, it underwent renovations in the 1800s, including adding a distinctive dome of which I had seen many pictures and wanted to see with my own eyes. Today, it serves as an exhibition space for the Pinault Collection, a prestigious art collection. The iconic dome is considered a historical monument.

 

L’origine des choses by Edith Dekyndt

The building itself is spectacular and it was beautiful to walk around almost alone. There were different temporary exhibitions and to be honest I did not like them all but I was intrigued by the exhibition that showcased the work of Belgian artist Edith Dekyndt through 24 vitrines.

Inside these vitrines a captivating arrangement of domestic objects, broken, fallen, collected, recovered, posed, covered, repaired, immersed, hung, suspended, floating, or otherwise reflecting the concept of the “theatre of objects.” These scenes, at once silent and alive, immobile and energetic, in which time is suspended, disconcert us in the same way that the artist was moved when she discovered Vermeer’s paintings in her twenties.