© Laurent Philippe
© Laurent Philippe


The Mona Bismarck American Center relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations to provide the French public with an authentic voice of contemporary American art. Each contribution helps the Mona Bismarck American Center present a dynamic program of exhibitions, cultural events and educational activities.


Le Cercle du Mona Bismarck American Center

International Patrons

Corporate Support




The Mona Bismarck American Center offers the opportunity to experience the art of modern American artists as well as the work of American artists who are lesser known in the European cultural landscape. Its annual, highly-focused exhibitions also provide an important platform for American curators and artists to actively engage with peers who live and work in Paris.

Educational Programs

The popular Look & Learn program offers instruction on American art and culture to Parisian middle school students, often from underserved communities.

The program is supported by the Embassy of the United States in Paris, and is offered in partnership with the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, the Grand Palais, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration.

The Look & Learn program of the Mona Bismarck American Center is driven by the visual thinking strategy (VTS), which encourages students to use their own resources when encountering an art work. This method, developed by a Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) education director, enables students to use existing visual and cognitive skills to develop confidence and experience by learning to use what they already know to figure out what is unfamiliar.

Look & Learn exhibition tours and artistic workshops are led by a VTS professional and can be presented by a native English speaker, thereby offering students the opportunity to practice their English comprehension and expression skills in a real-life setting. The themes of the Look & Learn activities are inspired by exhibitions at the Mona Bismarck American Center and partner institutions in Paris that present American cultural projects. Past partners include Jeu de Paume, Grand Palais, Théâtre du Châtelet and Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration.

Inside of the classroom, participating teachers are provided with bilingual (English and French) teaching support materials to prepare their class for a Look & Learn tour or workshop, and can arrange a post-activity classroom visit from a Look & Learn educator. When necessary, in place of a tour, a Look & Learn educator can visit a class to present the material of an exhibition.

Cultural events

Numerous concerts, performances, artist talks and colloquia further enhance the Mona Bismarck American Center’s commitment to the exchange of ideas around American creativity.

LIVE@MBAC series

International musicians, DJs and artistic performers take over the terrace and private garden of the Mona Bismarck American Center for a series of concerts and musical interventions.

The 2016 LIVE@MBAC season included Wasteland with Antoine Berjeaut & Mike Ladd, Balades Sonores, EPO (Electric Percussions Orchestra), Ronnie Lynn Patterson Quartet and Cate Le Bon.

Conversations on Culture series

Conversations on Culture serves as a meeting place for art, ideas and individuals. Master and emerging American artists present their work in at the intimate setting of the salons of the Mona Bismarck American Center then engage in open discussion about their process and practice. This unique format in Paris offers the opportunity for stimulating interaction between influential cultural producers and the general public.

Past participants have included Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Scott Rothkopf, Senior Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and artists such as Bryce Dessner, John Giorno, Miguel Gutierrez, Simone Forti, Trajal Harrell, Miranda July, Nico Muhly, Yvonne Rainer and Taryn Simon.

Artists in Residence

The artist residency program of the Mona Bismarck American Center brings emerging and established visual and performing artists to Paris in order to create new works and build relationships with members of the thriving artistic community in France. With the overarching goals of supporting artistic process and engagement with contemporary American art, the residency program offers resources to artists and provides opportunities for international audiences to experience the resident artists’ work. The program was launched in 2015 with the residency of American choreographer Jennifer Lacey who created a site-specific piece, Lieu Historique, which was performed at the end of her residency to sold-out crowds.