The Linklaters Foundation strengthens its commitment to contemporary photography

The Linklaters Foundation is delighted to announce its membership of the photography acquisition group of the Centre Pompidou

The photography acquisition group (Groupe d’Acquisition pour la Photographie – GAP) of the Friends of the Centre Pompidou (Société des Amis du Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou)

Established in 2014 upon the opening of the Centre Pompidou’s Photography Gallery, the aim of the GAP is to contribute to the expansion of the museum’s collection of historic and contemporary photographs. Acquisitions made thanks to the work of this committee will be included in exhibitions displayed at the Photography Gallery.

The committee comprises a group of photography enthusiasts wishing to support the Centre Pompidou in the area of modern and contemporary photography. It is led by Clément Chéroux, curator and head of the photography department, Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska, curator in the photography department and Frédéric Paul, curator of contemporary collections.

Through this acquisition group, GAP members can establish a link with the Centre Pompidou team and develop their eye for photography during exhibition visits, artist workshops, private collections and discussions with curators and specialists.

The Linklaters Foundation is firmly committed to contemporary art

In keeping with its cultural aims and values, the Linklaters Foundation’s commitment to the art world enables the company’s lawyers and employees to participate in major events on the Paris arts scene. It also offers a new context for dialogue with its clients: namely that of enjoying and promoting contemporary art.

In 2014-2015, lawyers from the Paris office supported the “Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais” by sponsoring the Niki de Saint Phalle retrospective. Linklaters Paris embraced the firm’s worldwide initiative with its voluntary cultural patronage policy, adopted in 2012 when support was given to the Helmut Newton retrospective at the Grand Palais and continued in 2013 with the Keith Haring exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Alongside the support offered to museums and institutions, the cultural commitment of the Linklaters Foundation is demonstrated by the collection that has been amassed since 2010 of contemporary photographs by visual artists on display in its offices. The collection’s recent acquisitions include photographs from Raymond Depardon’s “La France” series, photographs by Mathieu Pernot on display in the Musée du Jeu de Paume and at the Maison Rouge in 2014 and around a dozen colour pictures by one of the most famous French photographers, Bernard Plossu. The latter’s photographs complement around twelve black and white images that were already part of the collection.

Participation in the GAP will enable the Foundation to use these new contacts and connections within the contemporary photography scene to add to the collection.