Société Générale has invited David Grimal, violinist and artistic director of musical ensemble Les Dissonances, partner of Mécénat Musical Société Générale, to curate a new installation of the Group’s Collection of contemporary art in the display space in the Group’s Head Office at La Défense, Paris.
Classical music and contemporary art are the two areas in which Société Générale focuses its cultural patronage. Its work stands out due to its continuing commitment to promoting creativity and innovation aimed at excellence, and its bias towards openness, closeness and discussion with all of its audiences: the cultural sphere, the general public and Group employees.
As with previous exhibits curated by art world figures such as Régis Durand, Jean-François Chougnet or Koyo Kouoh, Société Générale’s cultural patronage team aimed at offering new ways of discovering the Collection when it asked David Grimal to choose approximately 20 pieces and set each work to recordings of Les Dissonances for the first time, creating a dialogue between the visual arts and classical music. Visitors can wander through the exhibit at their own pace, listening to music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, György Ligeti, Henri Dutilleux or even Astor Piazolla related to each work on iPod Touches provided for this purpose.
Image: Eric Rondepierre, Sortie, 2008 © Adagp - Collection Société Générale