Villa Vassilieff: Launch of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship

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Villa Vassilieff: Launch of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 10:55am

Paris, November 9, 2015 /3BL Media/ -- Villa Vassilieff, a cultural establishment owned by the City of Paris, will open its doors in February 2016 in the heart of Montparnasse. It is located on Avenue du Maine in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, on the site of Marie Vassilieff's former studio, which until 2013 housed the Musée du Montparnasse.

Led by Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, following a call for projects initiated by the City of Paris, which owns the premises and SEMAEST, the Villa Vassilieff is a space for art, residencies and research. Designed as both a place of work and living, its ambition is to stimulate the development of ideas and the sharing of knowledge all at once. Previously the studio of Marie Vassilieff, it was a major focal point for artistic discussions and contributed to the emergence of the young talents and pioneers of the early twentieth century such as Cahun, Cendrars, Modigliani, Picasso, and many others. Looking to the future, the Villa Vassilieff intends to revive the spirit of this space by inviting artists and researchers to develop their work around the unique resources offered by the Montparnasse neighbourhood.

On this occasion, Pernod Ricard, the leading sponsor, has joined forces with Villa Vassilieff to create the Pernod Ricard Fellowship: a grant aimed at supporting four international artists, curators and researchers in residence every year.

Selected by an international committee consisting of ten members, the four Pernod Ricard Fellows will be invited to spend three months in residency within a refurbished historical studio at the Villa Vassilieff. It is a unique opportunity for these artists and researchers to enhance their vision and to focus on their own work or any other projects. Reflecting the cosmopolitan identity and convivial atmosphere of the former studio of Marie Vassilieff, the Fellows will enjoy bespoke support from researchers and art professionals, along with access to a rich network of institutions in France and abroad, such as the Centre Pompidou (a longstanding partner of Pernod Ricard and Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research) and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, a partner in the project. The Pernod Ricard Fellows will also benefit from numerous research programmes focusing on unexplored resources, developed by Villa Vassilieff in collaboration with museums, public and private archives, as well as universities and art schools.

Lastly, the Fellows will enjoy a dynamic events programme at Villa Vassilieff, offering various options for conducting new investigations and collecting multiple narratives of our globalized world.

About Villa Vassilieff
The Villa Marie Vassilieff embodies an outstanding cultural heritage as it has witnessed over a century of history. Russian artist Marie Vassilieff opened her studio at 21 avenue du Maine, before turning it into an academy in 1911, and subsequently a canteen for artists during the First World War. Throughout its history, it was a place characterised by encounters and experimentation. The Villa strives to shake up art’s place in society in particular by questioning the role and use of heritage. The programme aims to overcome linear chronologies and the outdated separation between fields of study in order to reshape the place of research, creation and teaching in art. The Villa Vassilieff will encourage multiple interpretations, digressions and deviations. There, art will be an area of investigation where the tools of understanding and alternative cartographies of our contemporary society are to be put together. Villa Vassilieff will be a welcoming space, where one invites others, where one can lounge around, flick through books and where one can meet people, maybe decide to continue the evening because a passionate discussion stops them from leaving. The Villa Vassilieff aims to capture this spirit, which is that of Marie Vassilieff. Villa Vassilieff benefits from the support of the Ile-de-France Region and the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques. Pernod Ricard is its leading sponsor.

About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) et Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, - 4 - Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 80 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.


Villa Vassilieff:
Mélanie Bouteloup / Director +33 (0)6 83 55 43 51

Pernod Ricard
Sylvie MACHENAUD / Director External Communications +33 (0)1 41 00 42 74
Emmanuel VOUIN / Press Relations Manager +33 (0)1 41 00 44 04

Brunswick Arts:
Grégory FLEURIET/ Associate +33 (0)6 26 54 28 67

Keywords: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship | Brunswick Arts | PERNOD RICARD FELLOWSHIP | VILLA VASSILIEFF