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Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris

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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".HistoryThe CenterLocated 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.ProgrammingExhibitionsTwo 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.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
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  • Exhibits of modern art in Mona B's former mansion. The art itself is hit or miss... Depends on your personal taste. Vernissages seem to appeal to 2 distinct categories: young, artsy people and older w...  more »
  • One of the very few places in Paris offering great exhibits and never seeming to get overcrowded. It is housed in a classy building and is worth checking if you are in the area.  more »
  • An extrordinary exhibit of the little black dress supported by SCAD and MAC cosmetics. The exhibit has the most exquisite black dresses by many familiar designers. The townhouse once previously owned ...  more »
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  • This is the perfect place for USIS Americans cultural center. Very good place for the tourists!
  • One of the best run micro-museums in Paris. What a wonderful taste of the new world in the old
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  • An address that welcomes as well the Americans in Paris Parisian pure juices and their friends around events and beautiful exhibitions of photos, fashion or even comics (Superman will be within these walls in 2014). The exhibition space is of reasonable size for any curious who would trample on not too. At each expo a discovery and a new dialogue with a culture that never ceases to fascinate.
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