The Mennour Institute is part of Paris’s Mennour Gallery. Overall, the gallery today introduced the institute’s beginning. It’s a new organisation, created with the goal of bringing together, and furthering the numerous activities the gallery started over the years to assist the creative industries. The institute’s establishment also uncovered a series of groundbreaking projects.
The Mennour Institute – Future Centre of Competence and Supply
Kamel Mennour spoke about the institute’s opening. “The Mennour Institute is a natural extension of my commitment. It is a new umbrella under which I wanted to group together actions which, until now, have been carried out intuitively. I am keen to push ahead faster in this direction”, he said. The primary task of the new institution is to expand the social engagement of the gallery.
The Mennour Institute’s main goal is to increase the gallery’s engagement in and support of study results, charitable giving, and knowledge. All of this in a sense of researching 20th- and 21st-century art history. Also, gallery wants to establish its status as a centre of competence and supply in the industry. The launch of the Institute continues a long tradition of research-focused activities and programmes at the gallery.
Also, bringing art to a broader audience. “This initiative is an illustration of our deep-seated conviction that the gallery’s mission is to reach out to everyone and that it has a role to play in passing on and sharing knowledge”, said Mennour Artistic Director Sylvie Patry. Besides institute, there are other projects, grants and initiatives.
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Grants to Support PhD Students
The students will receive two judged PhD fellowships, €5,000 worth, in the field of art historical study to assist with their assignments. Specifically, students who share interest in Modern and Contemporary art history will receive these grants. The deadline for submissions is September 20, and the recipients will be revealed in January 2024. Mennour will, for the next five years, sponsor the Eugène Carrière Prize.
Mennour inaugurated “Samedis en famille,” or “Family Saturdays”, in February of this year, to name just a few of the numerous ongoing initiatives. These are free guided visits for children aged six to 12. In the field of charity, Kamel Mennour founded the HEROES for Imagine initiative, which has so far raised €22 million for the Imagine Institute, a pioneer in the study of genetic diseases.
Plans for extending this dedication by the Mennour Institute include scheduled art discussions at the Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades. The reveal of a diverse array of initiatives and programs housed within the newly formed Mennour Institute is an exciting development not only for Mennour Gallery but the greater modern and contemporary arts community.