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Brandcontend sponsorship of the moment

Art & Business | The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, which coordinates the programme for six exhibition spaces dedicated to contemporary art in Brussels, New York, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Bern, is joining forces with the Centre Pompidou Metz for the first time. The trio of Laurent Le Bon, Jean de Loisy - President of the Palais de Tokyo - as commissioner, and the Hermès Foundation have devised the Simple Shapes exhibition. The exhibition embodies the Hermès values even down to its motto « Our gestures define us » (Nos gestes nous créent), and focuses on the fascination for simple, prehistoric and contemporary shapes, fundamental to emerging modernity. And in its position as coproducer, the brand openly questions the role and the weight of private sponsorship in museums and the construction of programmes. The world of luxury goods, which must now respond to globalisation and an expanded clientele in line with growth and profitability priorities, continues to cultivate rarity and know-how with the addition of art and artists and occasional immitation. Coproducion marks a new era of corporate sponsorship. Not quite as simple as it seems.

Robert Le Ricolais, Pre-tensionned Monkey Saddle, 1958 © ADAGP, Paris 2014 - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Bertrand Prévost
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Robert Le Ricolais, Pre-tensionned Monkey Saddle, 1958
© ADAGP, Paris 2014 - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Bertrand Prévost

Virginie Bertrand / Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 21/04/2014
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Robert Le Ricolais, Pre-tensionned Monkey Saddle, 1958 © ADAGP, Paris 2014 - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Bertrand Prévost Anthony McCall, Line describing a cone, 1973 © Anthony McCall GE90 Design Team, Jet Engine Fan Blade (model GE90-115B), 2011 © 2014. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence Marcel Duchamp, Air de Paris © Succession Marcel Duchamp / Adagp, Paris 2014 Yonezawa Jiro, Bridge, 2007. Photo Pascal Goetgheluck © Mingei Arts Gallery - Paris José María Sicilia, The Instant, 2013 © Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy de l’artiste et Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris José María Sicilia, The Instant, 2013 © Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy de l’artiste et Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Robert Le Ricolais, Pre-tensionned Monkey Saddle, 1958
© ADAGP, Paris 2014 - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Bertrand Prévost

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