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, the funds raised will contribute to the financing of the major retrospective on Berthe Morisot, which will be presented at the Musée d'Orsay from June 18 to September 22. In this same desire of the Establishment to highlight female artists, a contemporary counterpoint will be proposed to the Musée de l'Orangerie by Ann Veronica Janssens in the first quarter of 2019.

    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
    Isabelle Blin
    Jeanne Boillet
    Carine Boisselet
    Charlotte Bosc
    Florence Boursier
    Bénédicte Brouard
    Deborah Brown Pivain
    Amélie de Bryas
    Hélène Cataix
    Felicitas Cavagné
    Chantal Corbet
    Christine Crépaux-Rougerie
    Christine de Courson
    Patricia Donnelly
    Sandrine Durgeau

    Brigitte Faisant
    Agnès Fourcade
    Catherine Fox
    Fatiha Gas
    Johannah Gay
    Marie Géléoc
    Pierre Jean Géléoc
    Maryse Gontier
    Kendebrha Goyi
    Sabine Goyot
    Sophie Henrionnet
    Marie-Sixte Imbert
    Marie-Laure Irion
    Catherine Ladousse
    Sophie Lambert
    Fabienne Lichentin Chelly
    Dominique Maire
    Pascale Moulin
    Florianne Moussigné

    Marie-Christine Oghly
    Agnès Peignen
    Françoise Pelissier
    Nicole Pelletier Perez
    Corinne Perot-Reboul
    Aude Pilotelle
    Françoise Prot
    Anne Pruvot
    Sabine Quéré
    Sabrina Recoules Quang
    Florence Richardson
    Nathalie Sauvanet
    Angelina Smirnova
    Domitille Tabary
    Marie Thebault-Lacoume
    Marianne Tordeux
    Martine Van Went
    Isabelle Wormser

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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, 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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