Monnaie de Paris
This cultural institution is currently in the midst of a major transformation and it is now able to make its cultural axis the common denominator of all its facets: industrial, monetary, commercial, artistic, patrimonial.
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Monnaie de Paris is a cultural institution that is currently in the midst of a major transformation. Not content with the limitations of its industrial activity, this factory – the first and only remaining active mint in Paris – realised it had to expand its role beyond its mandate: the sovereign right to mint coins.
These pieces circulate at the heart of trade and the flow of values, though their value is no longer only monetary: it is both cultural and artistic. Together, the workshops in Paris and the plant in Pessac are dedicated to this vital and stimulating vocation. Effectively, by blending the line between art and craft, Monnaie de Paris intends to showcase its many resources and the expertise that complement and illuminate each other. In this context, Monnaie de Paris is embarking on a dynamic renaissance and is finding a striking expression of its multi-faceted nature in the Management of Cultural Programmes. To highlight the richness of this august institution, cultural activities will naturally be developed along three of its own axes: its heritage, the expertise of its workshops and its role in contemporary creation.
The global opening of Monnaie de Paris is executed under the banner of a culture that – in conjunction with a strong, vibrant heritage – requires a decidedly contemporary approach. Communication and Heritage Management remain the caryatids of this project, which revolves around large-scale, temporary exhibitions and the participation of young curators and figures from the cultural scene (literature, film, fashion, fine arts) in this transformation.
On the strength of its activity and bolstered by a fresh start in 2007, Monnaie de Paris is now able to make its cultural axis the common denominator of all its facets: industrial, monetary, commercial, artistic, patrimonial.
The transformation, initiated in 2009 and already realised by the Cultural Programs department, is based on these solid foundations: it has enriched the art collections of the Quai de Conti and will soon, in 2014, open sumptuous galleries on the Seine.
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