The Fonds pour Paris — Paris Foundation was set up in May 2015 at the request of the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. This institution has a totally new approach to fundraising in France. Paris is the first local authority in France to create a dedicated organization for the purpose of raising capital from the private sector to fund public projects.
The Fonds pour Paris is dedicated to preserving and renewing Parisian heritage through innovative cultural projects with a strong emphasis on contemporary art. Knowing how culture and the renewal of heritage can promote harmony, improve the quality of life and positively impact the collective consciousness, the Fonds pour Paris — Paris Foundation has a mission to raise funds for its projects, financed exclusively by the private sector, either by companies or individuals.
This double vocation, heritage and culture, must reach beyond French borders. This is why the Paris Foundation was created in the United States in January 2016. This non-profit foundation permits American donors to contribute to improving the beauty of Paris and benefit from the tax deductions of their donations.
ARC DE TRIOMPHE
The Arc de Triomphe is an iconic Parisian monument overlooking the Champs-Élysées. It contributes to the city’s international in influence. The Parisian symbol of prestige, peace, and of fraternity will be highlighted permanently by the internationally renowned artist, Olafur Eliasson.
Artist: Olafur Eliasson
Type of project: Artistic Lighting
INAUGURATION DATE: Early 2020
The Champs-Elysées Fountains
The Rond-Point on the Avenue Champs-Élysées is the focal point of one of the world’s most prestigious avenues. This circular space, vestige of 19th century urbanism, is composed of six sections featuring six fountains. Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, famous french designers, created modern artworks to bring these fountains back to life.
Artist: Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec
Type of project: Art & Restoration
INAUGURATION DATE: Spring 2019
JEFF KOONS ARTWORK
The Bouquet of Tulips is a gift to the City of Paris from the famous contemporary artist Jeff Koons, as a symbol of optimism and healing following the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. Paris will welcome this iconic work, which is intented to become part of Paris’ heritage, similar to the statue of Liberty is part of New York’s heritage.
Artist: Jeff Koons
Type of project: Contemporary Art
INAUGURATION DATE: Launch date: early 2019
Paris is the Capital of fashion, both in design and for luxury goods. “ Haute Couture ” is part of its identity. Thanks to the restoration of the vaults, the first permanent fashion museum in France will be created to present the City’s prestigious fashion collection.
Type of project: creation
INAUGURATION DATE: 2020
This project consists of the artistic illumination of the Parisian bridges and banks, organized by the Fonds pour Paris – Paris Foundation, seeks to light these majestic bridges and river banks, as they embody the soul and history of Paris, the City of Lights.
Type of project: Artistic illumination
INAUGURATION DATE: 2024