Published on 20/09/2016

Collection Société Générale new programme

New acquisitions focused on young and international talent

New acquisitions focused on young and international talent

Some ten pieces will be added to the Collection soon. The acquisition committee chose a historical work by Geneviève Claisse and works on various media from a number of international artists, including Richard Long (mixed technique using a white china clay base), Ulla von Brandenburg (watercolour) and Nicolas Sahnes (steel sculpture). The committee also selected young French and international talents including Julien des Monstiers (France), Claire Trotignon (France), Joe Reihsen (USA) and Sepand Danesh (Iran).

Street Art for the new Societe Generale group building complex in Val de Fontenay
For Societe Generale’s new “Les Dunes” technology park in Val de Fontenay, the Group sought out the creativity and talent of eight street artists following a call for project proposals: TAKT and SUEB from the 3HC Collective, Romain Froquet, the OnOff Collective, TETAR, Goddog, Mr. XXX and STOUL. The artists painted huge frescos in the building complex’s 5000 m2 car park, which reinvented the area’s design.
The progress of the project can be followed thanks to a six-episode web series on the Collection’s social media channels, from August through to mid-October.

Links to the episodes:

First episode with the OnOff Collective
Second episode with TAKT and SUEB from the 3HC Collective and Romain Froquet
Third episode with Mr. XXX, TETAR and GoddoG from the RioFluo Collective

The Collection lends works to institutions in Europe
Emblematic works from the Societe Generale Collection are lent to museums in Europe for exhibitions.
Electromagnetic No. 6 by Takis is part of the major touring exhibition Europe 1945-1968: Trauma and Revival (Brussels, Karlsruhe, Moscow).
Machine of Entangling Landscapes VII by Rui Moreira will be in an exhibition at the Museum of Lisbon from 22 September to 13 November.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts sign a cooperation agreement with Societe Generale in Russia
Rosbank, Societe Generale group’s Russian subsidiary, and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow have signed a cooperation agreement covering the conservation of cultural heritage and the development of the 19th and 20th century European and American art collection. This three-year agreement is specifically focused on preserving, developing and improving the mediation of the Museum's exceptional impressionist art collection.
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Fourth edition of Societe Generale Algeria’s Young Painters Competition
Societe Generale Algeria launched the fourth edition of the Young Painters Competition. The aim of the competition is to help uncover talented new artists and contribute to the growth of creativity in Algerian fine art. The competition closed on 30 July. The jury will select the three winners on 20 September.
In order to provide maximum visibility to the artists that take part in the competitions, the 12 best works will be used as illustrations for the 2017 company calendars and planners, and an exhibition will be organised to present the works of these young painters.

Societe Generale Morocco is partnering with Yann Arthus-Bertrand during the COP22 event
Throughout the month of September, the company will host the “60 solutions to climate change” exhibition in its art space at the Marrakech-Guéliz branch. Initiated by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the exhibition will be in partnership with the French photographer, reporter, film-maker and ecologist, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the GoodPlanet Foundation and the Institut français du Maroc. It is comprised of 21 photos taken from Arthus-Bertrand’s book of the same name, and highlights projects financed by AFD for concrete solutions to achieve a low-carbon growth model. Four themes are covered in the exhibition: “Living together”, Feeding the world”, “Energy efficiency” and “Adapting”.

Societe Generale Romania is launching a digital platform dedicated to contemporary art
Last spring, BRD, the Group’s Romanian subsidiary, which owns a substantial Romanian contemporary art collection, launched “Scena9”, a digital platform dedicated to promoting Romanian and international contemporary artists, in particular Tania Mouraud.
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