© 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 Antoine de Galbert. © Mathilde de Galbert
Created in 2003 by Antoine de Galbert, collector and patron, the Fondation Antoine de Galbert helps, promotes and supports creation in the field of modern and contemporary art. The foundation was granted public utility status by decree of 31 January 2003. Its mission is to support the learning of art history and the training of future artists. It acquires works to enrich the collections of certain museums. It supports research grants, residencies or catalogue projects. It created and financed La maison rouge (from 2004 to 2018), a well-known exhibition place of contemporary art in Paris.
© 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.
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.
The Fondation Groupe EDF is committed to serving public interest, with a single vocation : to build a fairer and more humane society. The EDF Foundation Space is open to everyone. With its cultural programming, the Foundation also aims to shape the citizens of tomorrow, by developing exhibitions that articulate artistic – to understand responsibly and work towards desirable horizons – and educational approaches : conferences, debates and school workshops. Since 1990, more than 1 million visitors have been welcomed in this former electrical substation built in 1910 by the architect Paul Friesé.
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.
Sharing culture with everyone so we all open up to one another is to break down the walls that separate us. This is the ideal that drives Art Explora, a foundation created in 2019 by French entrepreneur and great patron of culture Frédéric Jousset. Art Explora engages with public and private stakeholders to support creation and its circulation in society at large. From the Art Explora Prize, which supports innovative actions carried out by cultural institutions, to artist residencies at the Cité internationale des arts of Montmartre, the Foundation aims is to reaffirm the central role of artists in addressing major contemporary issues and mutations.
© 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.
The Société Générale Collection is full of life. Created in 1995, it is now an eclectic array of more than 1,200 works, featuring paintings, photographs, and sculptures and mixing works by upcoming artists with works by renowned names. For the most part, the Collection is displayed in the buildings of the Société Générale Group and it is destined to be widely shared. Co-workers, partners, customers, pupils, students, and the general public are invited to discover it through multiple interactions : hanging of the artworks, artistic workshops, partnerships, loans, exhibitions… Every year, new artworks are chosen by a committee made of members of the general management of the Group, employees recruited through a call for applications, and independent experts.
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 Jean-françois Leroy, « Oh my mind, my body’s thinking », L’ahah #Griset, October-December 2019 © photo: Marc Domage / L’ahah, Paris
L’ahah is a non-profit organisation founded in 2017 and open to the public since September 2018. L’ahah offers visual artists personalised, long-term assistance (5 years minimum) in the form of tools – exhibitions, publications, collaborations, public events and encounters with professionals, transdisciplinary projects, etc. – specifically adapted to their respective approaches and practices. The goal is to enhance their outreach and thus help support contemporary art and research in art. L’ahah has two exhibition spaces in Paris’s 11th arrondissement and an experimental venue in Ris-Orangis, in the city’s southern suburbs.
Julien Beneyton, Broulaye Diakite & Moukhssine Diouf, 2019, acrylique sur bois, 98 x 153 cm. Collection Paprec
© Julien Beneyton / Adagp, Paris 2022
With over 25 years of expertise, Paprec is now the French leader in recycling, waste management and energy recovery. Founded by Jean-Luc Petithuguenin, the company has become a key player in the ecological transition and sustainable development. With 12,500 employees, the group is also a responsible corporate citizen, committed to solidarity, health, the environment, sport and culture. Since 2010, Paprec has been the main sponsor of the Paris Opera Ballet and is developing its support for artistic creation to promote contemporary art among the general public and the group’s employees through various initiatives (exhibitions, collaborations, residencies, partnerships, etc.).