French Sculpture Census


The French Sculpture Census could not exist without the financial, academic, and technical support of its partners. Each of them contributes in its own way (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.

The Nasher Sculpture Center, in Dallas

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
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.
Our Mission
To be an international focal point and catalyst for the study, installation, conservation and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture.

The National Institute for Art History (INHA), in Paris

Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris
Created in 2001, the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) is an Academic, Cultural and Professional Public Establishment 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 center 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 organizes 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, in Paris

Musée d'Orsay, Paris
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.

The Musée Rodin, in Paris

Musée Rodin, Paris
The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It opened in 1919 and has two sites: the Hôtel Biron in central Paris, and the Villa des Brillants at Meudon, Rodin's home just outside Paris. The collection includes 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs, and 7,000 other art objects. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.
While living in the Villa des Brillants, Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his workshop from 1908 and subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures (along with paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir that he had acquired) to the French State on the condition that they turn the buildings into a museum dedicated to his works.
The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum includes a room dedicated to the works of Camille Claudel.

The École du Louvre, in Paris

Ecole du Louvre, Paris
The Ecole du Louvre is a higher education establishment providing courses in Archaeology, Epigraphy, Art History, the History of Civilisations and Museology. It was founded in 1882 and counts currently 1,600 students.
The school is located in Paris, within the Palais du Louvre.
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 national competition to become a civil servant museum curator ("conservateur du patrimoine").
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;
 - organizes 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.

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) [2009-2017]

Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History (EODIAH)

University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas is a public research university in the University of Texas System.
The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History was founded at The University of Texas at Dallas in Fall 2014 with a generous endowment from arts patron Edith O’Donnell. Dr. Richard Brettell is the Founding Director.
The O’Donnell Institute is a center for innovative research and graduate education in the history of art. Research and teaching at the O’Donnell Institute embrace a global history of art that ranges across geography, chronology, and medium. The first art history research institute founded in the digital age, it explores in particular the intersection between the visual arts and the sciences and technology.

1. The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (ph. Wikimedia, Andreas Praefcke)
2. The Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA), Paris (ph. Wikimedia, Benh Lieu Song)
3. The Musée d'Orsay, Paris (ph. Wikimedia, Alexander Franke)
4. The Ecole du Louvre, Paris (ph. Ecole du Louvre)
5. Hôtel Biron, Musée Rodin, Paris (ph. Musée Rodin, Aurélien Mole)
6. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) (ph. UTD)