The Mennour Institute Launched at Paris’s Mennour Gallery

The Mennour Institute, a Project Dedicated to Study and Expansion of the Arts Community, Launched Today.

Sep 19, 2023By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
The Mennour Institute
Galerie Kamel Mennour. Via Fabrice Seixas.


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

The Mennour Institute
“Master class: Tribute to Huang Yong Ping” (2021). Photo: Archives Mennour. Courtesy of Mennour, Paris.


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.


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Installation view of “HEROES for Imagine” (2022). Auction in aid of the Institut Imagine, an initiative by Mennour with the support of Christie’s. Photo: Archives Mennour. Courtesy of Mennour, Paris.


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

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Kamel Mennour, exhibition project “How do you see the world after this?” (2020). Hosted at Mennour Gallery.


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.


Notre Dame de Paris cathedral North rose window (Photo by: Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)


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.

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.