Since opening in Paris in 1998, the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard has been actively contributing to the development of French art scenes at the national and international levels. Having no collection of its own, its identity is shaped by the people who infuse it with life day-to-day: artists, curators, authors, intellectuals… In this way, it reflects the diversity of artistic creation, its pulse beating to the rhythm of art’s variations.
Convinced that art provides a path to freedom and to living together better, the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard aims to promote all of today’s forms of artistic creation, making it accessible to everyone, free of charge. To this end, it runs a rich programme of exhibitions and events, an exacting editorial policy, numerous off-site events, and supports a wide variety of art projects. In 1999, it created the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard Prize, the first to recognize young artists on contemporary French scene.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Prize, it is publishing a book that presents a history of art in France since 1999. Placing experimentation at the heart of its activities, the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard is the site of new art experiments.
To learn more, read the interview with Colette Barbier, director of the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, published in 20 ans d’art en France. Une histoire sinon rien, 1999-2018, Flammarion, Paris, 2018.
Claudia Mania Weiss