Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture

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The Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture has as its mission “to strengthen the understanding and friendship between France and the United States by enabling the discovery of the richness and diversity of American art and culture through exhibitions, educational programs and events”.

The Center e was launched in 2011, based on the legacy of the Mona Bismarck Foundation, which became active in 1986 following the death of its founder and sole benefactor, the American philanthropist Countess Mona von Bismarck She donated her Parisian townhouse and the majority of her estate to found the Mona Bismarck Foundation, as "her desire was to establish a Cultural Centre in Paris to enhance the cause of American / French friendship upon her death".<ref name="embassy">Rajakaruna, C. "Mona Bismarck Foundation: Its Background Information and the Role It Plays in the American Community." United States Embassy France. Retrieved 24 Apr. 2013.</ref>


The Center

Located on the Seine, across from the Eiffel Tower, the hotel particulier, or Parisian townhouse, was built at the end of the nineteenth century. It was reconfigured for Mona Bismarck in the late 1950s by French interior decorator Stéphane Boudin. The building was featured in a 1928 issue of Vogue.<ref name="vogue">"MONA VON BISMARCK." Voguepedia. Vogue, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013. <>.</ref>



Two to three temporary exhibitions of American art are presented each year in partnership with international institutions. Exhibitions focus on a single artist or theme and represent a range of artistic styles and movements.

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"Under the Horse-Chestnut Tree", painting from 1896 - 1897 by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Courtesy of Google Art Project

Upcoming exhibitions include:

Little Black Dress (July 3 – September 22, 2013)

Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century

(October 16, 2013 through January 26, 2014)

Past exhibitions include:

Quilt Art: L’Art du Patchwork

(February 13 – May 19, 2013)

Mary Cassatt à Paris: Drawings and Engravings from the Ambroise Vollard Collection

(September 26, 2012 – January 20, 2013)

The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Collection

(November 10, 2011 to February 12, 2012)

Images of Center

Exhibition Samples



External links

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Further reading

  • Birchfield, James. Kentucky Countess: Mona Bismarck in Art and Fashion. Lexington: University of Kentucky Art Museum, 1997.