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Endowment Fund

The Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund is the fruit of a partnership between the Centre Pompidou and companies who have decided to engage in a unique exchange with the art world, the teams and public of the Centre Pompidou.  

Presentation

An innovative dialogue between the worlds of art and business

 

They share the same belief that exchanging with artistic creation today enables us to better envisage and anticipate the future. This exchange takes the form of highlight events which punctuate each 2-year cycle: 

  • The choice of a theme which is designed to fuel the exploration of major cultural and societal issues and which forms the common thread of the cycle.   
  • The Accélérations event, a happening of international reach in an innovative format. Open to all, it inaugurates the cycle and aims to involve companies, artists and scientists in a highly-engaging dialogue around the theme of the cycle. 
  • A series of artist residencies in the endowment fund’s member companies, during which each artist must create a work in relation to the chosen theme. 
  • A themed exhibition at the Centre Pompidou to present the works produced in companies to the public,  accompanied by a publication reviewing the cycle.
  • The acquisition by the endowment fund of the works produced during the residencies. In the form of a donation to the Centre Pompidou, these works join the collections, subject to approval by the acquisitions commission of the Musée national d’art moderne.

 

Through art and creation, the Centre Pompidou thus accompanies major economic players in the transformation and innovation issues these businesses constantly face, responding to their need to draw increasingly on creation.

A word from the Presidents

A booster for transformation and humanity

An original initiative between contemporary art and the business world, Centre Pompidou Accélérations was founded by seven companies, which, like Georges Pompidou in his time, firmly believe that to anticipate the world of the future, we must engage in a dialogue with contemporary creation, right now!  

Centre Pompidou Accélérations is not a traditional form of patronage. The ongoing exchange it fosters between companies and artistic creation lies closer to a form of investment in which the returns are very human and highly innovative. Centre Pompidou Accélérations is a generator of ‘positive emotional capital’ at the service of companies, their staff and stakeholders.

 

The fruit of a collaboration between the Centre Pompidou and business leaders, this initiative began its first cycle of exchange and creation around the "Powers of Emotion". The 2018 Accélérations event first gathered together some fifty French and international business leaders, company and charity group managers, scientists, artists and other figures in the creative field, for two days of discussion around this theme. Then, each member company of the endowment fund organised 4 to 6-month residencies, which led to remarkable encounters, often unexpected but always profoundly meaningful, between people who might never have met in other circumstances, thus opening new perspectives in the business field and the world in general! Bringing the process of artistic creation to a company shakes up the way of working and thinking for employees and artists alike. This human disruption is a wonderful source of shared humanity.  

The works produced by the artists during their residency were presented from 23 October 2019 to 27 January 2020 alongside masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou collections in the "Points de Rencontres [Meeting Points]" exhibition. They were then donated by Centre Pompidou Accélérations to the Musée national d’art moderne.  

 

Centre Pompidou Accélérations is composed of companies and business leaders who believe in the transformational power of culture and contemporary creation. In short, Centre Pompidou Accélérations seeks to perpetuate the creative and winning spirit that inspired Georges Pompidou 40 years ago to create a venue for multi-disciplinary artistic exchange in the historic heart of Paris. 

In this sense, Centre Pompidou Accélérations is a booster of humanity. We are all proud to participate with the Centre Pompidou in this exceptional dialogue between the business world and that of contemporary artistic creation.  

 

Matthias Leridon, Chairman of Tilder and President of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund.

Modern utopia and the total art experience!

40 years already! For 40 years, the Centre Pompidou has been an iconic building, an avant-garde cultural venue and a reference for modern and contemporary creation on the international scene. Its core mission lies in ensuring exchanges between the arts, audiences and artists, intellectuals, authors and designers.  

For 40 years, through visual arts, debate, film, dance, music, theatre and books, the Centre Pompidou has contributed to building the society of the future and writing a history of modernity.  

 

A city in the heart of the city, the building with its emblematic architecture and "caterpillar" escalators has welcomed more than 200 million visitors. Its monumental escalator, the signature feature of the facade, is more than just a symbol. It is a spectacular embodiment of the Centre Pompidou spirit and its creative transversality which promises every visitor an unforgettable experience of art and creation.

This unique setting is home to world-class entities: the Musée national d’art moderne with its collection of over 120,000 works; France’s largest free access public library, the BPI, and IRCAM, at the cutting edge of musical and acoustic research.  

This artistic exchange at the crossroads of fields is responsible in part for the magical atmosphere that has endured here for 40 years. 3 million visits to the Centre Pompidou, for the eighth year running, testifies to the enthusiastic curiosity of the public.

 

The founding mission of the Centre Pompidou is to provide access for all to the art and creation of our time, in the belief that a society which is more open to creation is better able to question, adapt, modernise and reinvent itself. This means seeking out new audiences, by presenting new techniques, by sharing the talents of upcoming generations, by taking part in the movement of societal ideas and current affairs, by inventing new forms ("Mutations/Creations", a new event blending art and innovation, or "Cosmopolis", a biennial devoted to emerging foreign scenes) and by adapting its spaces (the creation of "Galerie 0" to exhibit emerging artists in the heart of the museum).

 

Through our popularity, impertinence and constant renewal, we foster this utopia devoted to art and creation for the curiosity and pleasure of each and everyone. To gather together all desires and invite all stakeholders of society in order to share the transformational power of art and fuel our thinking are the aims of the new endowment fund, "Centre Pompidou Accélérations".

We are inviting you to build a new relationship; to bring art to the heart of a business by organising artist residencies and encounters, thus drawing company stakeholders closer to other ways of perceiving reality and experiencing creation and sensitivity. In the spirit of the Centre Pompidou, this is a new approach to patronage.

 

Engaging, sharing creation and fostering communal life through emotion and reflection. 

 

Serge Lasvignes, President of the Centre Pompidou. 

Committed companies

The endowment fund rallies member companies, represented by their presidents, around the Centre Pompidou. These companies commit, in particular, to develop and support this unique experience within their walls.  

  

The founding members of the first cycle of the endowment fund:

Alongside the members of the Centre Pompidou Accélérations endowment fund, we are leading an artistic and entrepreneurial venture which embodies our desire to build the world of the future with talent from all horizons and every continent.

Matthias Leridon, Chairman of Tilder and President of the Accélérations endowment fund.


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To receive an introductory booklet to the endowment fund: 

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For further queries, please contact:

Matthias Leridon 
President

Cybèle Panagiotou 
Chief Delegate  

Diane Gelberg 
Task Officer

 

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