Bruno Monnier founded Culturespaces in 1990 and has made it into one of the leading cultural operators in France.
Bruno Monnier specialises in the overall management and promotion of historical monuments, museums, and art centres, organises temporary exhibitions, and has created the Hôtel de Caumont Art Centre and the Atelier des Lumières.
He is CEO of Culturespaces and President of the Culturespaces Foundation.
>The French Ministry of Culture
A graduate of Sciences-Po Paris, the Université Paris II Assas, and HEC’s MBA programme, and passionately interested in the history of art, Bruno MONNIER joined the Ministry of Culture in 1986 as the head of mission responsible for the modernisation of the management of museums and monuments (the ‘Patrimoine 2000’ commission) and the restoration of the Château of Versailles (the ‘Grand Versailles’ project, which led to the creation of the public establishment of Versailles).
In 1988, he established Culturespaces, as a consulting and engineering department of the French public relations and advertising company Havas. Culturespaces advised regional and local authorities, private property owners, and the State’s major public institutions on how to better promote and manage their monuments and museums, and thus contribute to the regional development of culture and tourism.
> Delegated management
In 1990, Culturespaces became a subsidiary of Havas and the Groupe Suez and was responsible for the overall cultural and financial management of historical monuments and museums. He signed his first contract to manage the Palais des Papes in Avignon, a contract that ended in 2000.
In 1992, he was entrusted with his first long-term concession—the promotion and management of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, owned by the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
He was then successively entrusted with:
- the Castle of Les Baux-de-Provence by the Commune of Les Baux-de-Provence in 1993
- the Jacquemart-André Museum (Paris) by the Institut de France in 1996
- the Château de Valençay by the joint association of the Château de Valençay in 1996 (until 2007)
- the Cité de l’Automobile (Schlumpf Collection) by the Association pour la Gestion du Musée National de l’Automobile in 1999
- la Greek Kérylos Villa by the Institut de France in 2001 (until 2015)
- the Roman Theatre in Orange and the Musée Municipal in Orange by the City of Orange in 2002
- the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium by the Intercommunale 1815 and the Walloon Region in 2004 (until 2013)
- the Cité du Train in Mulhouse by the Association du Musée du Chemin de Fer in 2004
- the City of Nîmes’ three Roman monuments (Amphitheatre, Maison Carrée and Tour Magne) by the City of Nîmes in 2005
- the Carrières de Lumières (Les Baux-de-Provence) in 2012
- the Maillol Museum (Paris) in 2016
- the Bassins de Lumières (Bordeaux) by the City of Bordeaux—scheduled to open in 2020
> A Foundation for children who have little access to culture
In 2009, Bruno Monnier founded the Culturespaces Foundation, which now operates under the aegis of the Fondation FACE (the Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion), a foundation that combats social exclusion. The Culturespaces Foundation promotes access to the arts and cultural heritage and fights against the cultural exclusion of certain children who are sick, handicapped, or suffering from poverty and social exclusion. Seven educational and cultural programmes are offered by the Foundation: ‘Art en Immersion’ (‘Immersion in Art’) in the Atelier des Lumières and the Carrières de Lumières, ‘A la Découverte des Expositions du Musée Maillol’ (‘Discovering the Exhibitions in the Musée Maillol’), ‘Sur les traces des Romains’ (‘In the Footsteps of the Romans’) in the Nîmes Amphitheatre, ‘Les secrets des jardins de la Villa’ (‘the Secrets of the Villa’s Gardens’) at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, ‘Énigmes à la Cité de l’Automobile’ (‘the Mysteries of the Cité de l’Automobile’), and ‘Rendez-vous aux jardins’ (‘Rendezvous at the Gardens’) at the Hôtel de Caumont and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
In 2018, more than 5,675 children were welcomed in Culturespaces’ venues.
>The creation of large-scale digital exhibitions: the Carrières de Lumières
In 2012, Bruno Monnier went digital by launching the AMIEX® (Art and Music Immersive Experience) system, which has proved successful at the Carrières de Lumières. Perfectly adapted to the venues in which they are held, these immersive exhibitions, produced by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, and Massimiliano Siccardi, are based on the virtualisation of works of art in order to create dynamic shows that enable viewers to view the works of the great masters in the history of art from an entirely new perspective—a sensorial and immersive experience with a musical soundtrack.
> The restoration of a historical monument and the creation of an art centre: the Hôtel de Caumont
In 2011, Bruno Monnier discovered that the Hôtel de Caumont was being sold by the City of Aix-en-Provence. He decided to create an art centre in the setting of an eighteenth-century private mansion. After two years of restoration and refurbishment work, it opened its doors to the public in the spring of 2015 and attracted more than 200,000 visitors that year. Attracting more than 300,000 visitors in 2017, the Hôtel de Caumont has become one of the major cultural establishments in the region.
> The creation of a digital art centre in Paris: the Atelier des Lumières
In 2013, Bruno Monnier discovered an old abandoned foundry in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris and created a digital art centre in the building. After several years of restoration work that revitalised this industrial heritage, the Atelier des Lumières opened its doors in 2018 with an inaugural immersive exhibition devoted to the Viennese artist Gustav Klimt and a new area devoted to contemporary digital art.
In the same year, Bruno Monnier opened a new digital art centre in collaboration with a local partner in Korea: the Bunker des Lumières.
In 2019, Bruno Monnier decided to launch the first immersive art festival in the Atelier des Lumières, thus highlighting the work of young motion design artists.
Culturespaces, which has 450 employees and a turnover of sixty-two million euros, currently manages fourteen historical monuments, museums, and art centres, which attract more than four million visitors a year, one million of whom are foreign tourists. Culturespaces is the fifth leading French cultural operator after the Eiffel Tower, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the Louvre, and Versailles.
The temporary exhibitions selected and presented under the management of Bruno Monnier in the Culturespaces venues
> The Alana Collection. Masterpieces of italian painting – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2019
> Hammershøi, the master of danish painting – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2019
> From Douanier Rousseau to Séraphine. The great naïves masters – Maillol Museum, Paris - 2019
> The Emil Bührle Collection – Maillol Museum, Paris - 2019
> Hokusai, Hiroshige, Masters of Japan - Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2019
> Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Foundation. From Manet to Picasso, the Thannhauser Collection - Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2019
> Caravaggio’s Roman Period. His friend and enemies – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2018
> Mary Cassatt, An American Impressionist in Paris – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2018
> Giacometti. From tradition to avant-garde – Maillol Museum - 2018
> Foujita, painting in the Roaring Twenties – Maillol Museum - 2018
> Nicolas de Staël in Provence - Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2018
> Chagall, from black and white to colour - Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2018
> From Zurbarán to Rothko, Alicia Koplowitz Collection – Grupo Omega Capital – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2017
> The Hansen’s Secret Garden. The Ordrupgaard Collection – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2017
> 21 rue La Boétie. Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Léger... - Maillol Museum - 2017
> Pop Art. Icons that matter. Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York – Maillol Museum, Paris - 2017
> Sisley, the Impressionist - Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2017
> Botero : a dialogue with Picasso - Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2017
> The open-air studio – Impressionists in Normandy – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2016
> Rembrandt in confidence – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2016
> Is everything art? Ben at the Musée Maillol - Maillol Museum - 2016
> Turner and colour – Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2016
> Marilyn I Wanna Be Loved By You – Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2016
> From Giotto to Caravage. The passions of Roberto Longhi - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2015
> Florence Portraits at the Court of the Medicis - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2015
> Canaletto, Rome – London – Venice. The Triumpf of Light – Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2015
> Les Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein – Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence - 2015
> Désirs & Volupté – Victorian masterpieces - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2014
> From Watteau to Fragonard, les fêtes galantes - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2014
> Le Pérugin, Master of Raphael - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2014
> Canaletto – Guardi. The two masters of Venice – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2013
> Eugène Boudin - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2013
> Fra Angelico and the Masters of Light – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2012
> The Twilight of the Pharaohs. Masterpieces of the last Egyptian dynasties – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2012
> Rubens, Poussin and the 17th century artists – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2011
> The Caillebotte Brothers’ private world. Painter and Photographer – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2011
> Bruegel, Memling, Van Eyck... The Brukenthal collection – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2010
> From Greco to Dalí. The Great Spanish Masters of the Perez Simón collection – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2010
> Antoon Van Dyck - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2009
> The Italian Primitives. The Altenburg collection – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2009
> Africa Oceania. Masterpieces of the Barbier-Mueller Collection - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris, Paris - 2008
> Mesterpieces of the Weisman Collection – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2007
> Fragonard, the pleasures of a century – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2007
> Two centuries of French drawings of the museums of Weimar – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2006
> Artistes and Stars, by the photographers of Paris Match – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2006
> Gold of the Thracians, Treasures of Bulgaria – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris
> Man and his masks, Barbier-Mueller Collection – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2005
> David - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2005
> For Love of Art, Origins and secrets of Edouard and Nélie Jacquemart-André's Collection – Jacquemart André Museum Paris - 2004
> Treasures of the Napoleon Foundation, In the intimacy of the Imperial Court – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2004
> Larguillierre, Painter of the Grand Siècle – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2003
> Passion for drawing, Five centuries of masterpieces in the Krugier collection - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2002
> From Caillebotte to Picasso - Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2002
> Red & Gold, Treasures of Baroque Portugal – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2001
> The Italian Primitives – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2001
> Splendors of Ottoman ceramics from the 16th to the 19th century – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 2000
> From Poussin to Fragonard, Masterpieces of the Horvitz collection – Jacquemart André Museum, Paris - 1999
> Picasso at Palais des Papes – Palais des Papes, Avignon - 1995
> Botero in Avignon – Palais des Papes, Avignon - 1993
The immersive digital exhibitions selected and presented under the management of Bruno Monnier in Culturespaces’ digital art centres, and produced by Gianfranco Ianuzzi, Renato Gatto, and Massimiliano Siccardi
> Van Gogh, Starry Night / Dreamed Japan, Images of a Floating World – Carrières de Lumières and Atelier des Lumières - 2019
> Gustav Klimt / Hundertwasser, in the Wake of the Vienna Secession – Atelier des Lumières - 2018
> Picasso and the Spanish Masters / Flower Power – Carrières de Lumières – 2018
> The Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Bruegel and Arcimboldo / Georges Méliès, the “Cinemagician” – Carrières de Lumières – 2017
> Chagall, Midsummer Night’s Dreams / The World of Alice, a homage to Lewis Carroll – Carrières de Lumières – 2016
> Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Giants of the Renaissance / Imaginary Journey. Tribute to Jules Verne – Carrières de Lumières – 2015
> Klimt and Vienna, a century of gold and colours / Invisibles Cities – Carrières de Lumières - 2014
> Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Journeys around the Mediterranean – Carrières de Lumières – 2013
> Gauguin, Van Gogh, painters of colour / Métamorphoses – Carrières de Lumières – 2012
The Culturespaces venues currently managed under the management of Bruno Monnier
> Jacquemart-André Museum, Paris
> Maillol Museum, Paris
> Atelier des Lumières, Paris
> Hôtel de Caumont – Art Centre, Aix-en-Provence
> Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa & Gardens, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
> Castle of Les Baux-de-Provence
> Carrières de Lumières, Les Baux-de-Provence
> Roman Theatre and Art and History Museum of Orange
> Amphitheatre of Nîmes, Maison Carrée, Tour Magne
> Cité de l'Automobile - Schlumpf Collection, Mulhouse