Each edition invites a prestigious guest
The Museu Picasso Barcelona
Guest of Honour 2018
The main objective of the Museu Picasso is to promote and disseminate the knowledge and the research into the oeuvre of Pablo Picasso, both locally and globally. Ours is one of the most important museums exclusively dedicated to the figure of the artist and the first to be founded, over fifty years ago. The works in its permanent collection are essential for exploring the artist’s initial years of training and his dedication to engraving, as exemplified by the complete series of Las Meninas. Located in an exceptional architectural setting, a group of five civilian Gothic buildings, the museum was conceived as a space for promoting art and knowledge in the service of the artist, the city and its visitors. Thanks to its origin and its collection, the museum is the living proof of the connection between Pablo Picasso and Barcelona. (www.museupicasso.bcn.cat)
The Venet Foundation
Guest of Honour 2017
After some long and hard thinking about the project, the inauguration of the Venet Foundation marked the successful conclusion of more than fifty years’ artistic creation and encounters with the major French and foreign artists, who became his friends, and the harvest of twenty-five years’ transformation of the Domaine du Muy into a “total work of art”.
Discovered in his native region of Provence, the Domaine du Muy is at once the inspiration for and the setting of the Venet Foundation. The project of a lifetime, this exceptional 4-hectare site, set in an omnipresent natural world, is a blend of ancient, industrial and contemporary architecture. This sculpture park is a symbiosis of historic and more recent works by the artist, Bernar Venet, as well as a collection of emblematic works of conceptual and minimal art.
Bernar Venet and his wife Diane now wish to share their passion with a wider audience, who will be able to experience the magic of this unique place and the incredible creative density of the artist’s works and his collection.
365 chemin du Moulin des Serres
83490 Le Muy
The Maeght Foundation
Guest of Honour 2016
Inaugurated by André Malraux on 28 July 1964, the Foundation, conceived entirely and launched at the time by husband and wife Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, came out the friendship of Aimé Maeght, Parisian art dealer and gallery owner, with the great names of modern art, such as Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and Eduardo Chillida.
The Maeght Foundation owns one of the most important collections of 20th-century paintings, sculptures and graphic works in Europe (Balthus, Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Chillida, Giacometti, Léger, Miró, Ubac, Tal Coat), but also of contemporary artists (Adami, Arroyo, Calzolari, Caro, Del Re, Dietman, Garouste, Hyber, Kelly, Mitchell, Monory, Pincemin, Sui Jianguo, Takis, Tàpies, Tatah…).
The Maeght Foundation is dedicated, in accordance with the wishes of its founders, to the creative works of our time. For temporary exhibitions, only a selection of the permanent collection is on show. Adrien Maeght chairs the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which brings together celebrities, representatives of the French State and members of the Maeght family. Olivier Kaeppelin is its Director. In 2014, the Maeght Foundation celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.
The MEP, Maison Européenne de la Photographie
Guest of Honour 2015
The collection of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie is representative of the international photographic endeavour of the 1950s to the present day. Currently the repository of approximately 20,000 works, it includes the full range of artistic method, from reportage to fashion photography, taking in contemporary documentary practice, and even works that flirt with the borders of photography and visual art.
The first cultural body invited to the Strasbourg Contemporary Art Fair, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie presented a one-woman show at ST-ART of some of the most iconic photos by Bettina Rheims.