Musée d'Orsay: Make a commitment! Join the Women Patrons Circle!

Make a commitment! Join the Women Patrons Circle!

5 reasons to support the Circle

  • Contribute to putting women in the spotlight, by making the economic players aware of issues such as equality, equal opportunities in the workplace and education

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  • Demonstrate your commitment to culture and become an Ambassador by supporting projects devoted to women

  • Help develop a unique initiative in Europe in partnership with influential networks: the Cercle InterElles, COM-ENT, the Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises (French Association of Women CEOs), Financi’Elles, the Professional Women's Network, Femmes Business Angels and the Women’s Forum

  • Take part in exclusive and unique encounters and discussions, held on a regular basis: breakfasts in the museums, private tours, Afterwork, concerts, invitations to events and out-of-the-wall meetings, etc.

  • Benefit from a 66% tax reduction on your gift for individuals and a 60% tax reduction on the amount of your sponsorship for companies.
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    The Circle has more than 300 memberships since it was launched in 2013.

    Demonstrating their desire to put women in the spotlight, the Circle aims to finance, through generous contributions from individuals and companies, projects arising from the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie programmes, devoted to women. It also involves making the economic players aware of the various issues around the place of women in society (equality, equal opportunities in the workplace, education, etc.), and creating a genuine platform for exchanges in the long term.

    The members of the Circle of Women Patrons provide real support to the establishment while sharing its values. Without the confidence of our members, these projects would not be possible.

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    Projects supported by the Women Patrons Circle

    Discover the projects supported by the Women Patrons Circle since its creation.


    Exhibition: Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

    Musée d'Orsay / summer 2019

    In 2019, funds raised contributed to the financing of the major retrospective on Berthe Morisot presented at the Musée d'Orsay from 18 June to 22 September. Also as part of the Musée d'Orsay's willingness to highlight female artists, a contemporary counterpoint was proposed to the Orangerie Museum by Ann Veronica Janssens, while in the summer the Musée d'Orsay inaugurated a new circuit in the permanent collections entitled "Women, art and power".

    Restoration: The Women of Gaul by Auguste Glaize

    Musée d'Orsay / spring 2016

    Restoration of this breathtaking testimony to large format painting of national history which depicts the Battle of Gergovia, a famous episode of the Gallic War from which Julius Caesar emerged victorious. Glaize transformed a defeat into an act of bravery on the part of the women and elevated our Gallic ancestors to the rank of heroines. Their resistance in the face of the invader is a model of courage.


    Exhibition: Who's Afraid of Women Photographers?

    Musée de l'Orangerie / October 2015

    Drawing on new research and the numerous histories of photography that, over the last forty years, have reassessed women’s extraordinary contribution to this medium both in Europe and America, from the official invention of photography in 1839 to 1945, this exhibition and the accompanying publication will be the first of the “genre”.

    Concerts: Unusual Women

    Musée d'Orsay / March 2015

    This cycle of concerts pays tribute to the great female singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although their names might have been forgotten, they brought recognition and prestige to melody and Lieder, and some delivered the great light opera performances of the time.

    Exhibition: Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera. Art in fusion

    Musée de l'Orangerie / October 2013

    To mark its launch, the Circle lent its support to this emblematic exhibition that attracted some 300,000 visitors. A figure of 20th century art, Frida Kahlo personifies a modern and timeless icon, symbolising the image of the free and activist woman.

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    Members of the Women Patrons Circle

    The Circle thanks the Women Patrons for their commitment:
    (Members who have agreed to the mention of their name – alphabetical list)

    Catherine Abonnenc
    Sophie Balsarin
    Cécile Bernheim
    Anne Bioulac
    Isabelle Blin
    Florence Boursier
    Hélène Carlander
    Chantal Corbet
    Christine Crépaux-Rougerie
    Itala Dall’o
    Amélie de Bryas
    Christine de Courson
    Patricia Donnelly
    Brigitte Faisant

    Agnès Fourcade
    Catherine Fox
    Fatiha Gas
    Johannah Gay
    Marie Géléoc
    Pierre Jean Géléoc
    Isabelle Gougenheim
    Sophie Henrionnet
    Marie-Sixte Imbert
    Catherine Ladousse
    Sophie Lambert
    Fabienne Lichentin Chelly
    Marie-Christine Maheas
    Dominique Maire
    Florianne Moussigné

    Sheena Mullen
    Agnès Peignen
    Françoise Pelissier
    Nicole Pelletier Perez
    Aude Pilotelle
    Anne Pruvot
    Tassit Rausch-Hariz
    Florence Richardson
    Nathalie Sauvanet
    Angelina Smirnova
    Domitille Tabary
    Marie-Christine Thebault-Lacoume
    Martine Van Went
    Monique Veillerobe

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    Partners of the Women Patrons Circle

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    Sponsors and partners

    We would like to thank the businesses that sponsor the Circle: Conqueed, Opleo Avocats, Intesa San Paolo (2019 and 2018) , Neotopics and Unique Experiences (2018), Giorgio Armani and Opleo Avocats (2017), Wilhelm & Associés (2016), Neuflize Vie (2015), Empreinte (2014), DPConsulting (2013) and Mondotv (2013).

    We would also like to thank the partners who have given their support to events run by the Circle: Aesop, Marie Claire and Marlette.

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