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“Wonderful exhibition, beautiful space, innovative programming”

Mona Bismarck American Center
Ranked #823 of 1,282 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: The Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture provides a showcase for a variety of exceptional experiences in American art and culture through select and innovative programming in the heart of Paris.The new Mona Bismarck American Center was launched in 2011, evolving from the legacy of the Mona Bismarck Foundation which became active in 1986 following the passing of its founder and sole benefactor, the American philanthropist, Countess Mona Bismarck. A devotee of art and culture, Mona Bismarck enabled numerous charitable gifts during her life. In order to lend permanency to her philanthropic activities, she gave her Parisian townhouse and the majority of her estate to the Foundation with the purpose of fostering French – American friendship and understanding through art and culture. This remains the core mission of the Center today.
Reviewed 24 April 2013

I visited the Mona Bismarck American Center for the first time in January and have been back several times since! The exhibitions (past and present) are innovative and complex - truly lending themselves to French American relations. It was great to explore the home of Mona Bismarck and learn more about her legacy. Also, the Mona Café was a nice surprise with a variety of drinks and food.

The events the Mona Bismarck American Center hosts range from workshops to concerts and all offer a bilingual atmosphere. I greatly enjoy visiting the center and look forward to their upcoming exhibitions.

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Reviewed 25 October 2012

We were lucky to be in Paris when they were showing a show of etchings and drawings by Cassatt.
Not crowded and interesting to see Ms Bismarcks home.

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Reviewed 3 October 2012

My first visit to the Mona Bismarck Foundation a few days ago also happened to be the opening day for their new exhibition: "Mary Cassatt in Paris, Prints and Drawings from the Ambroise Vollard Collection."
The exhibition itself is a rare treat for any lover of original printmaking: Mary Cassatt, an American woman artist, living in turn-of-the-century Paris, developed a refined style influenced both by the French artists who became her close friends and by the Japanese artists, whose woodcuts she and all of Paris discovered in 1890 at the fabled exhibition at the Beaux-Arts Museum.
Their curatorial notes and catalogues are worthy of the Getty Center (one of my favorite museums!), and their bi-lingual presentations is quite in keeping with their mission.
What a fabulous discovery in FRANCO-AMERICAN cultural cross-fertilization!

The location itself is nothing short of extraordinary: a turn-of-the-century Parisian mansion, which belonged to Mona Bismarck, the American who loved France and enabled her Foundation to support this Cultural Center; it is also next to the Musée d'Art Moderne, and facing the Tour Eiffel. Noblesse oblige :)
Quite a delightful package in art, culture, architecture and international intelligence.

They opened a café, graced by an early oil by Salvator Dali, a powerful portrait of Mona Bismarck!

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Reviewed 15 November 2011

We visited the Mona Bismarck Foundation on the opening day of its wonderful show featuring Three Generations of Wyeths: N.C. (who was primarily a painter/illustrator, known for Treasure Island, Rip Van Winkle), Andrew (Christina's World), Jamie (portraits of JFK, Warhol). It's a jewel of a show. From looking at past exhibition catalogs, it's clear that the Foundation does exquisite work in its efforts to promote French/American understanding. The Alma Marceau metro is close by. We visited both this Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art, a nice pairing.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018
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