The Société Générale bank company is a prominent patron of Contemporary art since 1995, when they began to gather a very rich collection. It is now made of more than 170 artworks and offers a large panorama of the plastic creation from the 1970s until nowadays. This collection is very diversified, privileging no style or school. Three main streams have appeared through time: painting, photography and sculpture. This engagement has been reconducted eahc and every year through acquisitions of works by contemporary artists (Bertrand Lavier, Laurent Pariente, Philippe Ramette, Pascal Pinaud…).
Initially, this collection was destined to decorate the workspaces of the collaborators. Following the interest of mainstream audiences for Contemporary art, the Société Générale decided in 2003 to regularly lend some of its works to museums in France and Europe.
Among the numerous works belonging to this collection, 10 paintings attracted the attention of the musée Fabre by their ability to interact with the musée Fabre's collections and spaces.
Seven of them will be exhibitied in the Court Richier, a beautiful glass court which already gathered works of the Fournier donation, and mor recently by Albert Ayme. The hanging of worls by Martin Barré, Alan Charlton, Imi Knoebel, Jean Degottex, Shirley Jaffe, Gérard Traquandi and Gérard Titus-Carmel in this somptuous space confirms its ability to show contemporary masterpieces in conditions worthy of the best contemporary art museums.
Three historical works have found their place in the 2nd floor of the permanent collections, in the Gallery 43. First a work by Olivier Debré, interacting with the lyric work of Marcelle Loubchantsky, and a work by Zao Wou-Ki, recalling the retrospective shown in 2004 in the Pavillon du musée Fabre, hung along with another work of the artist belonging to our collections since 2007.
Finally, an exceptional painting by Pierre Soulages, 14 mai 58 , oil on canvas, 96.5 x 130 cm, opens the galleries devoted to the gift of the artist to the musée Fabre.