The Ricard Foundation for Contemporary Art, chaired by Philippe Savinel and directed by Colette Barbier, continued for more than twenty years of sponsorship Ricard SA for young artists in the visual arts.
This commitment of the young French art scene, initiated by Paul Ricard, pioneer of cultural sponsorship has been awarded the medal of "great sponsor of the Ministry of Culture."This distinction recognizes the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard to a generation of emerging artists to whom she gave the means to produce and show their projects in a suitable exhibition space, redesigned in 2007 by architects Jakob + MacFarlane.
"Our project was inspired by the values at the Ricard Foundation, say Jakob + MacFarlane: showcase the work of artists creating for them a world apart"
This space, located at 12 rue Boissy d'Anglas in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, can accommodate the variety of activities undertaken by the Foundation to support young contemporary creation: exhibitions, conferences, award ceremony Ricard Foundation.
The Ricard Foundation organizes between 6 and 7 exhibitions a year with young artists and regularly gives carte blanche to curators for group exhibitions.It presents each year a young foreign art scene.
It is the place of emergence of a generation of artists.
Place of exchanges and dialogues, the Ricard Foundation invites each month the public to participate in conferences around contemporary art, sociology, literature, philosophy.These meetings are an opportunity for the public to discuss in a spontaneous and friendly atmosphere during the interviews on art, led by Patrick Javault, invitations to imaginary programmed by Michel Maffesoli, meetings Poetry Plate- as proposed by the writer Jerome Mauche.Finally Score (performance), the new performance program of the Ricard Foundation, explores public speech of contemporary artists drawing in related knowledge in the art, references and / or methodologies.
The Ricard Foundation also supports and distributes editions of artists and anthologies around contemporary creation.