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An exhibition for the 20th anniversary of "BNP Paribas pour l'Art" programme

  • 17.10.2014

Le Repas chez Simon, détail, VéronèseThe BNP Paribas Foundation is highlighting its "BNP Paribas pour l’Art" programme with an exhibition at the Concept Store from 20 October to 20 January.

The artworks preserved in our museums and historic buildings not only arouse deep personal emotions but bear witness to the rich diversity of our common heritage.  All the more reason why we need to conserve these treasures and enable as many people as possible to share in them.

This is precisely the goal pursued by the BNP Paribas Foundation in providing long-term support for restoration work being carried out on the standing collections at various museums. Since its launch in 1994, the "BNP Paribas pour l’Art" (BNP Paribas Promotes Art) programme has enabled more than 200 individual artworks or collections, from all periods, conserved in museums or listed historic buildings in France and abroad, to undergo vital restoration. The programme, which enjoys the official patronage of France’s Ministry for Culture and Communication, is run in close collaboration with the French Research and Restoration Centre for Museums, which undertakes prior study and analysis designed to lay the groundwork for art restoration and whose workshops provide practical support and assistance to conservation and restoration projects.

Tapisserie perlée d’art Peranakan, détail Pieter Paul Rubens, Francisco de Goya, Pablo Picasso, more recently Jean Dubuffet and the contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama are among those whose works, some of them almost forgotten due to the ravages of time, are today being restored to their former glory for the viewing public thanks to this BNP Paribas philanthropic initiative.

The exhibition coming shortly to the BNP Paribas Concept Store at 2, place de l’Opéra in Paris traces the 20-year story of this programme, which has made an impact both in France and abroad through partnerships forged with such museums as the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, the Montreal Fine Arts Museum in Canada, Amsterdam’s Van Loon Museum in the Netherlands, the Tretiakov Gallery in the Russian capital Moscow and the Peranakan Museum in Singapore.

Photos credits: 
Le Repas chez Simon, détail, Véronèse - Château de Versailles © C2RMF – J.M. Manaï
Tapisserie perlée d’art Peranakan, détail © D.R – Peranakan Museum, Singapour

BNP Paribas Branch Paris Opéra Garnier
2, place de l’Opéra
75002 Paris
15 September to 17 October 2014
Free admission
Monday to Thursday 9am – 6:30pm
Friday 9am - 5:15pm