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New website “Images d’art” launched by Fleur Pellerin and the RMN-GP

On 14 October 2015, at the Science and Industry society, the French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin, will inaugurate the launch of the website “Images d’art”, developed by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais. A “new tool for documenting and discovery” is how the Minister describes this site, which, created using the photography funds of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais (RMN), will be continuously growing. It presents over 500,000 high-definition photographs of works, digitalised or re-digitalised for some, shown in the French national collections. This digital platform will reinforce the presence of French museums on the international stage; it is a new way of spreading awareness and appreciation of art in France. An interface with application programming will be put in place by web designers while a tool will allow participating institutions to publish the images on their own website. This launch is part of a cultural and artistic education policy of a country trying to connect youth with the museum world and to value heritage using the digital sphere. The site follows on from Histoire par l’Image and Panorama de...

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The adoption of the Bill related to the freedom of creation, architecture and heritage

On 6 October 2015, the National Assembly, in Paris, voted for the adoption of the Bill related to the freedom of creation, architecture and heritage, presented by the Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin. In its principles, the new law intends to asset and guarantee the freedom of creation and modernise the protection of heritage. With the first article titled “The artistic creation is free”, this freedom of creation becomes thus a public freedom, like the freedom of speech. In terms of heritage, the state recognises in its right the World Heritage of Humanity classified by UNESCO. The protection areas, the protection zones of architectural, urban and landscape heritage and the development areas of architecture and heritage are met are the status of “historic city”, of which the local plan of urbanism of historic city is now at the initiative of the town. Besides that, the law expects that the archaeological remains will become, after their discovery, property of the Nation while the state will provide more tools to strengthen preventive archaeology. The zones of architectural experimentation, where it will be possible to not respect the rules of urbanism, should equally be put in place. The law recognises also the public character of collections of Fonds Regionaux D’Art Contemporain and strengthen...

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Public success for the Rencontres d’Arles’ 46 edition

This year the Rencontres d’Arles, in Arles, France, attracted more than 10,000 visitors more compared to the year before. The 46th edition of the festival took place between 6 July and 20 September 2015. Altogether there were 93,000 visitors who came to Arles which is an increase of 12% from 2014. Also more than 900,000 entries of exhibitions were registered. This year’s edition of the festival equally attracted the local public as there were more than 7,400 people from Arles who attended the event which was a 16% increase from the year before. The crowd was supported during the first opening week from 6 to 12 July with 13,500 image professionals and festival goers present. Among them, 40% were international. The festival was inaugurated by Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication, the 46th edition conceived by new director Sam Stourdzé, created dialogue photography with music, film and architecture which provided 250 artists and 39 guest curators a unique testing ground. Stourdzé’s first edition as new director was widely welcomed by the regional, national and international press who devoted numerous articles to him during the opening week and throughout the rest of the festival. Among the highlights of the festival were “The retrospective of Stephen Shore” and “Total Records: the great adventure pockets of photographic...

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Fleur Pellerin has nominated Muriel Mayette as the head of the Academy of France in Rome

The Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, has nominated former general director of the French Comedy, Muriel Mayette, for the position of head of the Academy of France in Rome. The Villa Medici will soon be led by the artist, actress and theater director, Muriel Mayette, who from 2006-2014 was general director of the French Comedy in Paris. Muriel Mayette will be responsible for preserving the heritage in this setting of contemporary creation in all its forms, promoting the link between the arts. She will complete the reform of the status of residents to better fit their time in their careers. Her tasks also concern the enhancement of the international institution, its modernization, rationalization in management modes, and the mediation efforts of the location and accessibility to the indigenous and foreign public. With its experience, Muriel Mayette will guide the renewal policy of Villa Medici’s artist residencies, undertaken on the occasion of Assises de la Jeune Création and desired by the Minister. Founded in 1666 by Louis XIV with Colbert’s initiative, the Academy of France in Rome is a national public institution under the authority of the Minister of Culture. It carries three main missions: residencies and the support of artists and researchers engaged in professional life, participation in cultural and artistic exchanges, and the conservation and enhancement of the Villa Medici. The institution will celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2016, the first under the directorship of a...

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Fleur Pellerin appoints Jean-Marc Bustamante as head of l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

Following the proposal of the Selection Committee which met August 28, 2015, Fleur Pellerin, the Minister of Culture and Communication, appointed artist and professor Jean-Marc Bustamante as director of  l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, chosen from 25 candidates. Jean-Marc Bustamante is a multidisciplinary man: curator for the spring art festival in Toulouse where he was artistic director from 2012 to 2015, he is an artist of international fame, who represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2003. Over the last twenty years, he also taught in several European schools including the Rijksakademie van Beeldende of Amsterdam, the Akademie der Künste Bildenden Munich and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It was the project of Jean-Marc Bustamante that caught the attention of the committee, probably for his eminent desire to place the artist at the heart of the school project, to increase their international visibility. Respectful of the school’s identity in which he has taught since 1998, he wants to encourage greater transversality to meet the school’s development challenges, particularly in regards to the world stage. l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris is a public administrative institution under the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It hosts more than 500 students and a budget of over €10 million. There are between 60 and 70 teachers, including many internationally renowned artists who teach...

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