Make a commitment! Join the Italian Patrons' Circle!

6 reasons to support the Circle

  • Confirm the bonds of friendship between France and Italy
  • Contribute to the desire to place Italy in the spotlight, by promoting Italian art in France and creating a true platform for exchanges between these two countries in the long term.
  • Enhance your image and your reputation by partnering with an internationally renowned museum and the exhibition communication plan.
  • Benefits from a 60% tax reduction on the amount of your sponsorship due in corporation tax and a 66% tax reduction on your gift for individuals.
  • Bring memorable events to life: breakfasts, evenings, private tours, VIP access, catalogues, etc.
  • Improve customer loyalty and unite your collaborators around a meaningful and value-bearing project.

Discover the Italian Patrons' Circle

Edouard SainExcavations at Pompeii© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

The Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie together with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in France have launched a unique initiative: the Italian Patrons' Circle. Bringing together Italian businesses looking to support the projects undertaken by our institution, dedicated to Italy, these businesses also affirm their social commitment to supporting culture more generally. The creation of this Circle is a first in Europe, and is part of the close relationship between Italy and the Musée d'Orsay.

. From the outset, let us not forget that the Italian Gae Aulenti was one of the architects who transformed the Orsay railway station into a museum in the 1980s. Moreover, Italy has been at the heart of the collections but also the museums' programmes for several years, most recently with The Macchiaioli 1850 - 1874. Italian Impressionists? exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie in spring 2013, which attracted over 290,000 visitors. Finally, the museum regularly organised major exhibitions in Italy to allow the public to discover its masterpieces: Manet. Ritorno a Veneziain 2013 at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Renoir in 2013 at the GAM in Turin and Musée d'Orsay, i capolavori Capolavori in 2014 at the Vittoriano in Rome.

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Discover the Italian season in 2015

Exhibition: La Dolce Vita (20th century)
Musée d'Orsay / April 2015
Curators: Guy Cogeval, Beatrice Avanzi, Irene de Guttry, Paola Maino

Vittorio ZecchinLe Mille e una notte [One Thousand and One Nights], detail© Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Boegly
At the beginning of the 20th century, the decorative arts in Italy were part of a great tradition in arts and crafts. They also expressed the newly unified nation’s desire for progress. Cabinetmakers, ceramicists and master glassmakers often worked in collaboration with the greatest artists of their time, creating a true “Italian style” that would ultimately encourage the birth of modern design. The exhibition presents a chronological display of around one hundred works, and is based on a continuous dialogue between the decorative arts and fine art.

Exhibition: Adolfo Wildt (1868 - 1931)
Musée de l'Orangerie / April 2015
Curators: Guy Cogeval, Laurence Des Cars, Beatrice Avanzi, Ophélie Ferlier

Adolfo WildtVir temporis acti© Musée d'Orsay (dist. RMN) / Patrice Schmidt
This sculptor, still little known beyond the borders of Italy, set himself apart by the great originality of his work. Close to Liberty and Symbolism, Wildt was able to develop an extremely personal language, where memories of ancient art and the Renaissance were combined with neo-Gothic and Expressionist influences, all in an unprecedented balance between the expressive force of the modelling and the grace of purely decorative motifs. Organised with the participation of the Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì Foundation, the exhibition presents one of most sophisticated and cultivated artists for the first time in France.

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Become a patron!

With each of our partners, our aim is to set up a made-to-measure project. All companies are welcome and all contributions decisive factors in the project.

Other than the very attractive tax advantage, becoming a patron is an ideal way to unite your collaborators, improve your customer loyalty and also communicate in a different way, by associating your image and reputation with that of a renowned institution.

In return you will receive exclusive benefits: private evenings, priority access, catalogues, invitations to openings, etc. The Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie house prestigious reception areas at the heart of Paris. Organise your Public Relations events in a unique setting for up to 1,200 people in one of our 10 exceptional spaces...

Contact us!<br /Sponsorship department
+33 (0)1 40 49 49 19


The member companies

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in France (CCIF) was established in Paris in 1886 and is recognised by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry for Economic Development. The CCIF, which, since its creation, has received the support of the great Italian industrial and financial organisations that operate in France, is committed to encouraging and developing commercial and industrial relations between France and Italy, as well as to promoting the 180 Chambers of Commerce in Italy and throughout the world, and promoting the Regions and their specific food, industrial and artisanal products.

As the French subsidiary of the Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, a bank created in Siena in 1472 that has actively supported art and music over the centuries, we are pleased, as the only Italian bank in France, to continue this tradition by participating in cultural initiatives in the many towns and cities in the North, Centre and South of France where we have branches.

The Piaggio Group is Europe's largest manufacturer of two-wheeled motor vehicles, under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Scarabéo brand names. The Group is also a global player in the sector of light commercial vehicles. Founded in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio, the Group was taken over in 2003 by IMMSI SpA, an industrial holding company listed on the Italian Stock Exchange.

On the premise that civic and cultural development is a necessary condition for a country’s economic and social growth, Intesa Sanpaolo regards cultural projects as a tangible means of ensuring active participation in the life of that country. Intesa Sanpaolo’s commitment is demonstrated through the enhancement of artistic heritage.

RINA is a multi-national group fully capable of supporting its clients in the development and management of the various phases of their activities. RINA supplies engineering and certification services as well as testing and inspection services. With a turnover of 280 million euros, over 2,100 employees and 140 offices in 49 countries worldwide, RINA is recognised as an authoritative member of key international organisations, and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.

The Italian Cultural Institute is part of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs whose role is to disseminate and promote Italian language and culture. It is located in the heart of Saint-Germain in the Hôtel de Galliffet, a famous mansion that was formerly the home of Talleyrand, and subsequently, from 1794 to 1821, the headquarters of the Ministry for External Affairs, before being purchased, in the early 20th century, by the Italian State.

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