Under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Institut français implements France’s cultural action abroad. Its role is to act as the conduit for a “diplomacy of influence,” which includes promoting visual art, architecture, and design and lending support to artists living and working in France, Africa, and the Caribbean. By fostering dialogue between French and foreign cultures, the Institut français responds to the needs of France via a policy of listening, partnership, and openness to the world.
The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, established and endowed by the artist during her lifetime (1928-2011), is dedicated to promoting greater public interest in and understanding of the visual arts. It supports the artist’s legacy through a variety of initiatives, including exhibitions, loans of artworks, research and publications, conservation, grants, and educational programs for the public and the scholarly community. As the principal beneficiary of Helen Frankenthaler’s estate, the Foundation maintains an archive of original papers and materials pertaining to her life and work and a collection of her artwork in a variety of media.
The Florence Gould Foundation, an American foundation devoted
to French-American exchange and amity, has consistently provided
major support to Etant donnés. Born of French parents
in San Francisco in 1895, Florence Gould lived both in the
United States and France during her life. That life was one
in which an interest and dedication to arts and letters was
always paramount. Having no family, at her death in 1993,
Florence Gould left the bulk of her fortune to the foundation
bearing her name.
SociEtE des Auteurs dans les Arts graphiques et plastiques
Founded by artists in 1953, the ADAGP represents 170,000 authors worldwide, in all disciplines of visual art, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, graphic novels, street art, video art, digital art, architecture and more... At the heart of an international network of 50 partner organisations, the ADAGP collects and distributes royalties, protects artists and fights to improve authors’ rights. Today, it is the world’s top society of authors in the visual arts. Eager to place creativity at the heart of the world, the ADAGP encourages the creative scene by initiating and/or financially supporting projects to highlight visual arts and promote them on a national and international scale.
The Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art has represented galleries and defended their interests since 1947. As the representative organization of the main stakeholders of the art market among politicians, institutions and administrative authorities, its voice is respected and heard. As such, it takes part in drafting art market regulations and contributes to economic and cultural policies that favor the sector as a whole. It also advises and supports its 240 member galleries and its expertise and constant monitoring of the sector enable it to inform and update members on the regulations and specific issues of the art market. In recent years, it has been involved in major cultural events in order to enhance the visibility of the profession and improve understanding of the role of galleries as genuine partners for artists.
The French Ministry of Culture and Communication aims to make the major works of humanity— and especially those of France— accessible to the largest number of people possible. As such, it maintains a policy of conservation, of protection, and of development of all components of French cultural heritage. It promotes the creation of works of art and of the mind, and the development of art practices and education. It further contributes to cultural initiatives outside of France, and to initiatives relating to the establishment of French cultural programs throughout the world.
Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
The Cultural Services is a division of the French Embassy in the United States. The Cultural Services was first imagined in the 1930's by Paul Claudel. In 1945 General de Gaulle appointed Claude Lévi-Strauss as the first Cultural Counselor, with the mission of providing Americans (individuals and organizations) with access and resources to engage with French culture and promote it in their own communities.