Grants To Museums

AFMO grants support to the Musée d’Orsay and Orangerie for specific projects to benefit the exhibition program, acquisitions, conservation, and education. We investigate projects that require funding, obtain potential corporate and individual support, and provide oversight of the grant project. For more information on grants, please contact AFMO’s Executive Director, Verena Thornton (+33 1 40 49 47 80), or send us an email.

Marcie-Rivière Collection

Marcie-Rivière Collection

In January 2016, the Musée d’Orsay received the Zeïneb and Jean-Pierre Marcie-Rivière Collection of 50 paintings and 89 drawings by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard.

 

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Catalog "Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism"

Catalog “Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism”

AFMO supported the English version of the catalog.

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Catalog "An American in Paris: Architectural Drawings from the Neil Levine Collection"

Catalog “An American in Paris: Architectural Drawings from the Neil Levine Collection”

The American Friends were pleased to support the catalog, published bilingually in English and French for the 2016 exhibition of Neil Levine’s unique collection of architectural drawings.

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Monet Water Lilies Galleries Renovation

Monet Water Lilies Galleries Renovation

In April 2015, AFMO announced a grant of 65,000 € toward improvements in the galleries which hold some of the premiere cultural attractions in all of France.

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Restoration of Gustave Courbet's Masterpiece "The Artist's Studio"

Restoration of Gustave Courbet’s Masterpiece “The Artist’s Studio”

Legendary French artist Gustave Courbet’s large-scale masterpiece The Artist’s Studio was initially acquired with help from public donations. Now over one hundred years old,

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Catalog "Archives of the Dream"

Catalog “Archives of the Dream”

In 2014 the American Friends Musée d’Orsay supported the catalog for the upcoming exhibition at the musée de l’Orangerie:  “Archives of the Dream, Drawings from the Musee d’Orsay – Carte Blanche for Werner Spies“.

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Herter Chaise Longue

Herter Chaise Longue

In 2012, the American Friends Musee d’Orsay gave an exquisite pair of “Moorish-style” chairs to the museum, originally commissioned in 1880 from the New York-based Herter Brothers for the Vanderbilt mansion.

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Catalog "A Passion for France"

Catalog “A Passion for France”

A hightlight in 2013 was undoubtly the exhibition A Passion For France – The Marlene and Spencer Hays collection. Our eminent board member Spencer Hays and his wife Marlene

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Herter Chairs

Herter Chairs

Fall 2012, AFMO granted funds for the Orsay to purchase a pair of rare “Moorish style” chairs made in the 1880s by the New York firm, Herter Brothers.  The Herter Brothers firm, were the interior designers of choice for the wealthy barons of America’s “Gilded Age.”

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Degas and The Nude

Degas and The Nude

In March, 2012 a grant was received from the Annenberg Foundation to support the Musée d’Orsay’s exhibition Degas and the Nude, a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Musée d’Orsay.

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Saving Liberty

Saving Liberty

This spring, AFMO funded the restoration of a bronze figure of Liberty Enlightening the World by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi cast the bronze from one of his preliminary studies for his colossal New York sculpture more popularly known as the “Statue of Liberty.”

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Symposium on artist Henry Osawa Tanner

Symposium on artist Henry Osawa Tanner

AFMO supported a free public symposium held November 9-10, 2011 at the Musée d’Orsay on the career of pioneering African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner .

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Manet, the Man Who Invented Modernity

Manet, the Man Who Invented Modernity

In July 2011, through the generous support of Bank of America, AFMO granted funds to support the retrospective exhibition Manet, the Man who Invented Modernity, held April 5 through July 17, 2011.

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Graphic Arts Gallery

Graphic Arts Gallery

In April 2011, through a grant from American Express Corporation, AFMO awarded a grant in support of renovations of a fifth floor gallery for the display of works on paper. The new gallery represents one of the major museographic renovations of the “new Orsay.”

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