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Villa Albertine x Societe Generale Art Collection

Societe Generale supports Villa Albertine's artistics residencies in the United States

For an even more international and multi-disciplinary cultural support.

In keeping with its 30 years of active cultural patronage, Societe Generale has made a commitment to Villa Albertine, a major cultural institution in the United States. Supported by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Embassy in the United States, Villa Albertine aims to provide better assistance to emerging professionals and artists through innovative residencies in a wide range of creative disciplines. By becoming a Major Partner of the Villa’s residencies for three years, the Group will support artists’ professional careers, artistic excellence and international cultural collaboration.

Created in 2021 and with 10 branches in the United States, Villa Albertine has become a powerful platform to support the development of artistic and professional careers for cultural players. By fostering collaboration with leading American institutions across 15 disciplines, it offers tailor-made and innovative residency programs for global creators, artists, thinkers and cultural professionals. 

“The multi-disciplinary partnership of Villa Albertine will strengthen the ties between the French and American cultural landscapes, particularly in the contemporary art sector, and will also support the development of classical music through dedicated initiatives," stated Laetitia Maurel, Group Chief Communication Officer for Societe Generale and member of the Executive Committee.

In the field of contemporary art, collaboration with Villa Albertine will naturally take the form of support for artists-in-residence, whether emerging or established. Cross-fertilization will be initiated among artists supported by the Group’s artistic patronage through the Art Collection, and its partners (Beaux-Arts de Paris, Palais de Tokyo, ADIAF, Thanks for Nothing…). Co-creation of projects on an international scale will thus be encouraged.

The Group will rely on its long-standing commitments to classical music to enrich and extend Villa Albertine’s classical music residencies through three programs:

  • A residency for a woman conductor. Each year, a conductor will undertake a residency giving them the opportunity to gain experience and meet key figures in orchestral conducting in the United States.
  • A residency for a music professional, during which a selected resident would explore and reflect on the sector through dialogue with relevant American institutions.
  • A residency for a singer, instrumentalist or composer wishing to foster renewed reflection on their practice, through research and meetings with local actors in one or more U.S. cities. 


These initiatives, which draw on the historical expertise of the Societe Generale The Future is You Foundation in the field of classical music and in supporting players in the musical world, will enable at least three music residents to be welcomed into Villa Albertine’s residency program each season.

With this three-year partnership which will promote creativity, innovation and diversity, Societe Generale is reinforcing its international cultural patronage.