The flame of art patronage has been alight in Montpellier ever since the time of François-Xavier Fabre who founded the museum in 1825. The reopening of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, in February 2007,after restoration and extension work, was met with unprecedented success for this unique venue, notably in the business world. The Musée Fabre Business Foundation was created in 2008 and its aim is to purchase works of art for the museum, participate in the production of temporary exhibitions and contribute to large restoration projects for objects and paintings from the permanent collections. Today, there are 25 member companies who believe in the long term value of supporting this cultural institution.
Ever since its creation the Business Foundation has greatly contributed to the development of the Musée Fabre collections under the presidence of Mr Gérard Maurice, Regional Director of Vinci Construction in the Languedoc-Roussillon. In recognition of his leading role as president of the Business Foundation, Mr Gérard Maurice was personally awarded the medalGrand mécène de la culture(Very Important Patron of Culture) from the Minister of Culture and Communication on March 23rd, 2012.
Following the sad loss of Mr Gérard Maurice in April 2014, Mr Max Ponseillé, Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Oc Santé, was elected President of the Musée Fabre Business Foundation on June 17th 2014.
The members of the Musée Fabre Business Foundation
The donations from the Musée Fabre Business Foundation
Antique Painting :
Paysage au dieu fleuve. Paysage de Grottaferrata
, 1625-1626 ; achat de la Communauté d’Agglomération de Montpellier avec le soutien de l’État, de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, de la Fondation d'Entreprise du musée Fabre et de plusieurs mécènes, 2010, inv. 2010.14.1
Le Martyre de sainte Agathe
, vers 1635-1640, achat de la Communauté d’Agglomération de Montpellier avec le soutien de la Fondation d’Entreprise du musée Fabre, inv. 2013.16.1
Contemporary Painting :
, 1960; premier don de la Fondation d’Entreprise du musée Fabre avec le soutien de la Société Générale, 2009, inv. 2009.2.1
, 1949, inv. 2009.36.1