A living collection with global scope, the Societe Generale Collection has something for everyone: culture lovers, the general public and Group employees. For example “discovery trails” for children ages 6 to 12 take place several times monthly at Societe Generale headquarters. Each young visitor receives an “exploration notebook”, which was created in 2012 and focuses on six key works in the Collection. It encourages them to ask questions about the works and discover for themselves what makes these pieces unique.
"Botticelli Reimagined" at London's V&A
Highlight how Sandro Botticelli, one of the Florentine Renaissance's leading painters, has influenced many generations of artists from the 19th century through to the present: that's the aim of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London through the "Botticelli Reimagined" exhibition. This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the financial support provided by Societe Generale (main partner of the institution's major exhibitions in 2016 and 2017). Thriving posterity to discover from 5 March to 3 July, 2016.
Connecting with the art lovers of tomorrow
Since the autumn of 2012, Societe Generale has instigated a partnership with the student world within the framework of its arts patronage policy. Signed with the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, this partnership allows students doing a Masters degree in the science and techniques of art exhibitions to extend their course through practical experience within a company: responsible for preparing and organising guided tours of the Group’s contemporary art Collection, these students also designed the exhibition’s autumn 2013 layout in La Défense as well as the corresponding catalogue. These practical and innovative initiatives are continuing in 2015, with five students from the Sorbonne involved in the Collection’s mediation.
Within the framework of this commitment to students, in 2015 Societe Generale’s contemporary art Collection is also working with the ESSEC business school’s Bureau des Arts regarding a series of three conferences on art and digital technology, the aim of which is to explore the numerous possibilities arising from combining digital technology and the world of contemporary art.
“The Greek Knot”, a work by Jean-Michel Othoniel
The Greek Knot (“Le Nœud grec”, 2014) is part of a series of artworks begun in 2008 by sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel seeking to create a dialogue between the poetry of geometry and the abstraction of form. The piece was commissioned by Societe Generale and is on display in our offices in La Défense, Paris. Video in French only
Because contemporary art often calls for clues on how to approach the work of an artist and also because new items are regularly added to the Collection, we have put together a guide to help you understand the works and delve deeper into the exhibition.
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A living collection
Since its creation, the Societe Generale Collection has evolved with an ongoing desire to share and engage with employees. This spirit of sharing took on a new form when the collection was opened to the general public in 2004. Works are regularly exhibited in regional and international museums. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest offer contemporary art fans the opportunity to share their views and stay connected to our latest news. Join them and follow us too!