Sandra Hegedüs - Winner of the 2018 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards for France

Sandra Hegedüs
Winner of the 2018 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards 
Paris, France


Sandra Hegedüs is the winner of the 2018 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards for France

Collector and art patron, Sandra Hegedüs being rewarded for her commitment to artists and institutions as SAM Art Projects founder, an independant and private structure that works since 10 years to reveal and highlight young artist of the French and international scene. 

 27th Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award honours today’s greatest philanthropists such as Sandra Hegedüs in France for SAM Art Projects. This annual award recognizes the contributions of modern-day patrons in 17 countries and regions, underscoring the importance of arts patronage in communities around the world. 

“Through their generous support, these modern day patrons continue to make a measurable impact on both artistic communities and society more broadly, by enriching minds and inspiring audiences with fresh creative perspectives,” explains Vincent Montalescot, Board Member of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. “The continuing support that committed and passionate individuals like these honourees provide to the arts is incredibly important, and essential to nurturing thriving arts scenes both locally and internationally.”

In 2018, the patrons honoured in 17 countries will join a notable list of past honourees that include HRH The Prince of Wales, British maestro Sir Simon Rattle, Italian architect Renzo Piano, Mexican philanthropist Soumaya Slim, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and Japanese artist Yoko Ono.  The shortlist of nominees in each country was assembled by a group of the most knowledgeable and forward-thinking individuals in the world of arts & culture. The shortlist was then evaluated by the five members of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation’s Curatorium and the Foundation’s co-Chairmen Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil. The winner in each of the countries and regions was chosen because of his or her outstanding history of personal commitment to the arts and support of the work of young and emerging artists with a concern that the wider public should benefit from cultural projects. 

About Sandra Hegedüs 
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Sandra Hegedüs may be said to belong
to this new generation of tenacious collectors who have made their mark on the French cultural landscape in recent years, creating audacious philanthropic projects, supporting emerging talents, and sponsoring ambitious projects that transcend borders. Like her collection, the artistic creations she supports do not respond to the concerns of the art market, but instead reflect her unwavering respect for, and attention to the new worldviews brought by these artists.

About SAM Art Projects
Created in 2009, SAM Art Projects is a non-profit organization,  which aims to promote, through residency programmes and the attribution of an annual award, the work of foreign artists in France, and French artists overseas. In a spirit of exchange and dialogue, the projects supported by SAM Art link the Parisian art scene to countries outside of the usual art circuits. By privileging artistic exchanges between North and South, and between East and West, outside of the traditional centres of the art market, the project creates bridges between the West and countries with emerging art scenes.
A solid collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo, an emblematic site of the contemporary Parisian art scene, ensures the artists an enviable visibility in terms of both the public and professionals.

SAM Art Projects 2018 actualities
While the SAM Art Projects Committee has just chosen the 2019 resident artists - Felipe Arturo (Colombia) and Taus Makhacheva (Dagestan), the two residents SAM 2018, the south african Bronwyn Katz and the argentinian Julieta Garcia Vazquez will each benefit of a personal exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, from June 22nd to September 9th, and from June 22nd to July 30th, 2018. The 10th SAM Prize for contemporary art will be awarded in December 2018, allowing the winner to leave and realise his project on the other side of the world, in the country of his choice.

Photo: Sandra Hegedüs in front of The World Belongs to Those Who Set It On Fire, 2016, by Mircea Cantor © All rights reserved