The Mona Bismarck American Center’s mission is to act as the showcase for 20th and 21st century American art and culture in Paris, and is the only institution of its kind in France. It honors the vision of its American founder, Mona Bismarck, by encouraging intercultural and transatlantic artistic exchanges. Housed in a splendid 19th century private mansion bordering the Seine, the Mona Bismarck American Center seeks to present contemporary American culture in Europe by offering a diverse and multidisciplinary program of exhibitions, events, performances, artist talks, colloquia and artists residencies.
The Mona Bismarck Center is Paris’ only non-profit venue entirely dedicated to the presentation of American creation and culture – thereby reinforcing the long-lasting Franco-American relation and emphasizing the United States’ international presence.
Joséphine Baker, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein’s Paris has been affected in an enduring way by American creativity: Florence Gould’s salons and philanthropy transformed the arts in Paris at the end of the Second World War; while great afro-american artists such as Dexter Gordon, Richard Wright and James Baldwin found in it a place of refuge in the mid-twentieth century.
Nowadays, the Mona Bismarck American Center maintains this rich legacy of Americans in Paris, a leading global center for art and culture. Raina Lampkins-Fielder, artistic director, thus declares that “Paris is still that city where one can dream.”