The French Sculpture Census could not exist without the financial, academic, and technical support of its six partners. Each of them contributes in its own way (salary, development and hosting of the website, payment of artists rights, database maintenance, internships program, academic contribution). I am happy to express here my warmest gratitude for their support.
School of Arts and Humanities, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums (CISM)
The University of Texas at Dallas is a public research university in the University of Texas System.
The French Sculpture Census is a project of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums (CISM) / School of Arts and Humanities. CISM was founded in 1996 by Dr. Richard R. Brettell, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Arts and Aesthetics and Edith O’Donnell Distinguished Chair, as a scholarly center for museum related projects.
In the field of art history, it was recently announced that Edith O’Donnell, longtime visionary and patroness of the arts and education, had made a contribution of $17 million to create the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. The purpose of the investment is to elevate art history at UT Dallas to a nationally pre-eminent stature. The first director of the Institute will be Dr. Richard R. Brettell.
Open since 2003 and located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world, the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, featuring more than 300 masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, Serra and more. The longtime dream of the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher, the museum was designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker.
The Nasher Sculpture Center presents rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher family collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections. In addition to indoor gallery space, the Center contains an auditorium, education and research facilities, a cafe and a store.
To be an international focal point and catalyst for the study, installation, conservation and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture.
Created in 2001, the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) is an Academic, Cultural and Professional Public Establishment (EPSCP – Établissement public scientifique, culturel et professionnel) under the supervision of the ministers of Higher Education, Research and Culture.
Research, education and the diffusion of knowledge
The INHA is responsible for developing academic activity and contributing to international academic cooperation in the fields of art history and heritage. It is active in the fields of research, education and the diffusion of knowledge and provides access to vast documentary resources for researchers and others active in the discipline.
As a national and international centre for teaching and research, the INHA participates in the training of young researchers through doctoral and post doctoral contracts, internships and scholarships. It welcomes experienced French and foreign researchers, curators and academics. The establishment is structured around the Department of Studies and Research and the Library and Resources Department, and the Service and Research Unit 3103-InVisu (Visual and textual information in art history: new grounds, bodies of work, tools) created in 2008 and borne out of a partnership between the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and the INHA.
Events and publications
The INHA develops databases and organises symposiums, conferences, study days and seminars. It also presents exhibitions and publishes and co-publishes a large number of works including dissertations, collected papers of symposiums, translations, essays and an academic journal, Perspective.
The Musée d’Orsay is a French national museum located on the left bank of the Seine, opposite the Musée du Louvre and the Tuileries garden. Housed in the former railway station built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition by the architect Victor laloux, it is devoted to Western arts from 1848 to 1914.
Masterpieces in the field of painting are shown alongside famous sculptures, decorative objects and vintage photographs, architecture drawings, testifying to the incredible vitality of artistic creation in a time that saw the birth of realism, impressionism, symbolism, but also the secession and pictorialism.
Daumier, Millet, Courbet, Carpeaux, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Rodin, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Gallé, Guimard, Lalique, Redon, Moreau, Vuillard, Bonnard, Bourdelle, Maillol, amongst others, the greatest masters of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries are represented.
A monographic museum, the Musée Rodin contains the largest collection of the sculptor’s works at two sites, in Paris, at the Hôtel Biron, and in Meudon, site of his former home, atelier, and reserve collection. Created in 1916, thanks to Auguste Rodin’s donation of his works and his collections to the French State, it opened in 1919. The artist’s international renown as the author of universally famous sculptures has contributed to the reputation of both places.
The Ecole du Louvre is a higher education establishment providing courses in French in Archaeology, Epigraphy, Art History, the History of Civilisations and Museology.
The school is located in Paris, within the Palais du Louvre.
Founded in 1882, it has the status of a public administrative establishment under the Ministry of Culture.
It offers 3 cycles of studies (3 years of undergraduate studies, 2 years of graduate studies and 3 years of post-graduate studies) and a preparatory class for the conservateur du patrimoine competitive exam.
In parallel to these programmes, the school:
- allows auditors to attend certain courses (daytime courses);
- offers other courses open to a broad public: evening courses, summer courses, courses taught in the regions, the city of Paris courses;
- designs professional courses for specialists in certain cultural heritage sectors;
- organises scientific symposia, conferences and day-long seminars;
- publishes student textbooks and books on specialized research.
All courses are in French.
All courses are available as ongoing training.
1. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) (ph. UTD)
2. The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (ph. Wikimedia, Andreas Praefcke)
3. The Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA), Paris (ph. Wikimedia, Benh Lieu Song)
4. The Musée d'Orsay, Paris (ph. Wikimedia, Alexander Franke)
5. The Ecole du Louvre, Paris (ph. Ecole du Louvre)
6. Hôtel Biron, Musée Rodin, Paris (ph. Musée Rodin, Aurélien Mole)