Mirabaud’s active commitment to contemporary art extends far beyond its collection and the acquisition of works of art. In line with the values of the Group, a pioneer in sustainable and responsible finance, this approach supports not only the artists of our time, but also institutions and events that help to promote contemporary art to the widest possible audience. This is why Mirabaud passionately supports the initiatives to integrate art into the urban space within everyone’s reach, brilliantly organised by FIAC Hors les Murs.
“We are proud to support this initiative of the FIAC Hors les Murs, which gives access to as many people as possible to these monumental works and to appreciate their originality, humour, poetry and sometimes boldness in an urban and open setting,” explains Lionel Aeschlimann, managing partner of Mirabaud and CEO of Mirabaud Asset Management.
This year, Mirabaud’s partnership extends to the entire FIAC Hors les Murs programme, which includes:
Mirabaud has been supporting the FIAC Hors les Murs Place Vendôme open-air exhibitions since 2017. The perfectly symmetrical Place Vendôme was designed in 1699 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart. A symbol of Parisian elegance and joie de vivre, fashion and jewellery, it is the setting for a monumental work of art every year. Following Yayoi Kusama’s giant pumpkin “Life of the Pumpkin Recites” and Elmgreen & Dragset’s hundred starfish “To Whom it May Concern”, Alexander Calder’s “Flying Dragon” will be exhibited for the first time in Paris. This monumental, flamboyant red work dates from 1975 and is the last ‘Stabile’ by the artist who died in 1976. The immense red steel dragon or dragonfly taking flight, measuring 11m high and 17m long, will be assembled in the centre of the square from 19 October to 18 December 2021.
“The interaction between urban planning, architecture and creation contributes to the animation of cities and allows us to rethink their spaces,” says Lionel Aeschlimann, managing partner and CEO of Mirabaud Asset Management. “This commitment challenges the importance of artistic creation in our society; this sensitive look that allows everyone to leave their comfort zone, to question themselves or to take a new look at our world. Creativity is key if we are to innovate in all areas, think differently and break free from one-track thinking,” he adds.
To further illustrate the ability of art to make us look at the world around us in a different way, Mirabaud will be partnering with ArtReview for the duration of the FIAC. This association will be brought to life on Instagram to explore how artists, collectors, gallery owners and the city at large view this unique event.