© Caroline Bleux Agence Bigshot
ADAGP is the French royalty collecting and distribution society in the field of graphic and visual arts. Through an international network of 50 partner organisations worldwide, it represents more than 190,000 authors worldwide, in all disciplines of visual art, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, graphic novels, street art, video art, digital art, architecture…
The ADAGP cultural action program encourages the creative scene by initiating and / or financially supporting projects that enhance the visual arts and promote them nationally and internationally.
ADAGP supports artists from the French art scene on ElaineAlain, an editorial Instagram account.
Un Dimanche à la galerie, annual event organised by the Comité professionnel des galeries d'art since 2015. © Emmanuel Guimier
Since 1947, the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art represents galleries in France and defends their interests with politicians, institutional representatives and administrative authorities. It takes part in the elaboration of art market regulations and contributes to cultural policies favouring the development of the whole sector. The Comité informs and advises its 290 member galleries, from antique dealers to contemporary art galleries, on the specifics of their status and obligations, accompanying them on technical matters. For several years, the CPGA has been involved in major cultural events in order to build a better visibility of art galleries, true partners of artistic creation. It also works to develop the French art scene internationally.
© Fondation Bullukian - Pauline Roset
Located in the heart of Lyon, the Bullukian Foundation defends a lively and daring creation that is deployed across the board. Fostering the decompartmentalization of disciplines, its contemporary art center, a vast complex of almost 1,500 m2, hosts an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions, meetings, and mediation activities, in order to encourage the creation, experimentation, and access to art for all audiences. Deploying around a central garden, this space of transmission is presented as an area of artistic and landscape connections, but also as a laboratory of creation, research, and production in order to stimulate the emergence of new and plural forms, favorable to a culture in constant motion.
Created in 2009 by Estelle and Hervé Francès, a couple of contemporary art collectors, the eponymous corporate foundation is conceived as a laboratory for reflection on contemporary work. With 23 in-situ exhibitions and more than 60 exhibitions outside its walls, the Foundation is the first to be established in the Oise department, located in Senlis, with the aim of democratisation. It weaves partnerships with private and public institutions internationally and has a collection of 600 works of art by 250 artists from more than 50 countries. The Francès Collection reveals a common thread, that of “man and his excesses”, which then becomes a source of inspiration and asserted convictions.
Great workshop of the arts and the gesture ; New exploration of savoir-faire – The Fondation d’entreprise Martell is a cultural place where the 300-year-old heritage and contemporary creation, excellence and curiosity, local roots and international influences all come together to bring to life the identity carried by the modernist Gâtebourse building built in 1928 in the heart of Cognac.
The Fondation d’entreprise Martell is a creative ecosystem where arts and culture, exhibitions and residencies, traditional savoir-faire and digital explorations, visual creations and living practices, permanent works and unifying events are combined.
A central tourist and cultural destination in New Aquitaine and unique in Europe, its innovative programming is accessible to all audiences curious to share new and forward-looking experiences.
Lynne Cohen, "Untitled (red door)", 2007. Collection d’entreprise Neuflize OBC
To sustain a long-term commitment to arts, the private bank Neuflize OBC initiated its corporate foundation 20 years ago. This structure is dedicated to patrimonial institutions in visual practices in order to support exhibitions for museums, educational programs and heritage action. As the first patron of photography, and with the desire of providing direct support to artists, Neuflize OBC also launched its collection, now counting nearly 1000 contemporary photography and video works. Focusing on portraiture, identity and human representation, the Collection includes more than 350 artists, most of them European. A large communication plan includes events, guided tours and loans to the most famous festivals and galleries.
Alain Séchas, 2020
Since opening in 1998, the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, now Pernod Ricard Foundation, has actively contributed to the development of art scenes in France at a national and international level. Collection-less, its identity is shaped by those who animate/occupy it daily : artists, curators, writers, intellectuals… It runs a dense program of exhibitions and events, a rigorous editorial approach and organizes off-site projects. Created in 1999, the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Prize was the first dedicated to young artists of the contemporary French scene. It now includes a yearlong companionship with the selected artists. At the end of this process, the prize-winner benefits from the purchase of a work that is donated to the Centre Pompidou, and support to realize a project abroad.
The Fondation des Artistes is a non-profit foundation recognized for public utility, whose mission is to support visual artists at each decisive stage of their career ; from leaving art school to a retirement home dedicated to them (the Maison nationale des artistes in Nogent-sur-Marne), including production aid, residency grants abroad, support for dissemination (via its art center, MABA) and the allocation of artist studios. The Foundation works on donations and legs and on its property income which is redistributed for the benefit of artists, according to the wishes of the donors.
Fondation Thalie, Bruxelles. Photo: Michel Figuet
Created in 2014 by Nathalie Guiot, an author and curator, the Fondation Thalie is a committed philanthropic project, which aims to support contemporary creation as a lever for action, exchange and transmission.
Based in Brussels, the Foundation offers a multidisciplinary program which combines visual arts, performance, literature and culinary arts. It welcomes an audience of passionate amateurs alongside professionals and students.
Activities include : Semi-annual exhibitions, supporting emerging and female artists in particular ; Encounters, projections, performances, readings, dinners ; Artists and writers residencies (by invitation) : European chronicles ; Publication of texts ; Outside the walls ; Co-productions with cultural and artistic events or institutions ; Educational and artistic projects outside of Europe.
© Yann Deret
The Bredin Prat Foundation is the main private contemporary art venue in Paris dedicated to “what makes a tableau” : painting and photography.
Located in a historic art deco building on the Quai d’Orsay, near the Grand Palais, the foundation exhibits its international contemporary collection alternately, two months a year, with the Jean-François Prat Prize which serves as a research radar on painting in the world and selects, each year, three artists whose innovative work deserves to be exhibited for what it brings to the history of painting and to society.
The foundation builds on the links that the law firm Bredin Prat has developed with contemporary art since 40 years.
© Rebecca Fanuele
Emerige is a passionate supporter of contemporary creation and has, year after year, supported events in France and abroad that endeavour to promote the French artistic scene. Through the Emerige Revelations Grant created in 2014, it offers the young generation of French artists the opportunity to be known and be part of high-profile galleries.
Convinced that art can change daily life, Emerige encourages the coming together of culture with all kinds of audiences, especially younger people. It supports artistic and cultural education programmes. Each year, 12,000 children enjoy these initiatives. Emerige also contributes to the development of art in the city by installing an artwork in each block of flats they build or rehabilitates.
Exhibition view of "Enki Bilal". Photo: Nathalie Savale © FHEL, 2020.
Established in the old convent of the Capuchins in Landerneau, the FHEL has welcomed more than 1 million visitors since its opening in 2012. Foremost of the cultural institutions in French Grand Ouest, it is today an essential place to visit for art lovers as well as for a public increasingly varied and numerous, of all ages and backgrounds.
Created in autumn 2011, the FHEL is an endowment fund (under the Lagarde law) led by a board of directors under the presidency of Michel-Édouard Leclerc. At the initiative of several members of the Leclerc family, adherents and ex-adherents of the Mouvement E. Leclerc, joined today by others, this fund is entirely financed by private patronage.
Rachel Rose exhibition view © Andrea Rossetti / Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, 2020
Created in March 2018, the Lafayette Anticipations Foundation is a place dedicated to contemporary arts, located in the heart of the Marais in a unique building designed by Rem Koolhaas / OMA. Its artistic program includes three seasons of exhibitions, three festivals of music, performance and visual arts, as well as numerous events that contribute to enriching its international and multidisciplinary offer. The Foundation also has production and publishing workshops that offer artists exceptional means to produce their work. As a foundation of general interest, it is a space open to all and free of charge. It also offers a wide range of visits and workshops for all audiences.
Exhibition view of Dineo Seshee Bopape at Palais de Tokyo - SAM Art Projects 2016 © Aurélien Mole
In 2009, Sandra Hegedüs created SAM Art Projects, which aims to promote international exchange in the arts.
The SAM Prize for Contemporary Art is awarded every year to an artist working in the field of the visual arts, residing in France and presenting a project intended for a foreign country (excluding Europe and North America). In addition to the 20,000 euros in prize money, the winner also benefits from an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo and the publication of a monograph. The purpose of the Prize is to raise questions and to showcase one’s discoveries and research into lesser known territories.