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The role of the Académie des Beaux Arts


The role of the Académie des Beaux Arts (the French Academy of Fine Arts) is to help protect and make known France's artistic heritage, while contributing to its development in all fields of expression. Thus the Académie is responsible for generating awareness of the arts throughout the education system and for ensuring quality teaching in specialist establishments. It also contributes to the development of international artistic relationships within the framework of cooperative projects and exchange programmes.

Given these duties, the Académie's management of its patrimony puts special emphasis on the foundations entrusted to it as gifts or legacies, on the administration of its museums and on supporting artists in accordance with the wishes of legators and donors." Such is the Académie's role as laid down in the new charter of 8 June 1998. In concrete terms its activities involve the awarding of prizes, grants and other forms of assistance to an annual value of over 4 million francs (Ï610 000), in addition to the management of its foundations. The best-known of these are the Musée Marmottan Monet (Marmottan Museum) - that temple to impressionism indissociable from the Bibliothèque Marmottan (Marmottan Library, the Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the Dufraine Foundation's "Villa des Pinsons" at Chars, in the Val d'Oise.


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