The bank for a changing world


Artistic creation is constantly diversifying. Our mission is to discover and promote talents often overlooked by the general public. The BNP Paribas Foundation is one of a select few of patrons to support artists working in contemporary dance, new circus arts and jazz and classical music. We also pursue a long-standing commitment to artistic heritage: in 30 years, we have helped restore more than 700 artworks housed in museums and historical buildings in France and around the world.

Our cultural commitment in figures


 of the BNP Paribas Foundation’s budget allocated to culture in 2015


artists supported over 30 years


artworks restored in 160 museums or historical buildings

Movement: a modern balancing act

Contemporary dance: supporting new steps

Since its creation, the BNP Paribas Foundation has worked to help choreographers develop and promote their endeavors among wider audiences in France and worldwide.

To that end, it works alongside several major institutions, such as the Maison de la Danse (Lyon) and the Centre National de la Danse (Pantin).

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Yoann Bourgeois - He Who Falls © Géraldine Aresteanu

Numé is an international online video library dedicated to dance. Discover the BNP Paribas Foundation’s channel.


Yoann Bourgeois – He Who Falls ©Géraldine Aresteanu

New circus arts: supporting audacity

Since 1999, the BNP Paribas Foundation has gained a reputation as one of the few patrons of new circus arts. It lends support to artists, helping to promote their projects in France and worldwide.

In 2014, the Foundation decided to team up with a major event by becoming the founding sponsor of the First International Biennale of Circus Arts (Marseille).

Chloé Moglia ©Benoit Pelletier

Music: harmonies of today

Jazz: fostering development at the right tempo

Since 1995, the BNP Paribas Foundation has accompanied jazz musicians in their careers by providing assistance for recordings, promotion and performances.

Discover our commitment to jazz

Airelle Besson ©Sylvain Gripoix
Stéphane Huchard, Tranches de tronches / Anne Paceo ©Sylvain Gripoix
Ablaye Cissoko ©Michael Slobodian

A sponsor of a number of major awards, the Foundation also supports various festivals in France and abroad: Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Tanjazz in Morocco, North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Saint-Louis Jazz in Senegal.

Anne Paceo Quartet, Circles ©Sylvain Gripoix

Classical music: access to a life of music

Committed to nurturing new talent and new audiences of the baroque and classical repertory, the BNP Paribas Foundation has lent, from the outset, its assistance to musicians and musical ensembles.

Today, it supports various major music events in France and around the world: Lille Piano(s) Festival, L’Esprit du Piano, Piano aux Jacobins and the Rising Star in China, which it also cofounded.

Cloister @J.C. Meauxsoone
Lille Piano Festival ©Philippe Cibille

Museums: preserving works and opening eyes

For 30 years, the BNP Paribas Foundation has served as a loyal and recognized patron of museums, providing assistance for artwork restoration. The foundation has helped to publish 60 books highlighting various museum collections, continuing to support restoration efforts to this day.

Le magot. Sèvres – Cité de la céramique ©Mathieu Ferrier et Vincent Luc

Launched in 1994, in collaboration with the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF), the BNP Paribas for Art program has restored 700 artworks and collections covering every period in art history, and held in museums and historical buildings in France and abroad.

The Saint-Martial Chapel, Papal Palace, fresco, Matteo Giovannetti, between 1344 and 1346 © Mathieu Ferrier
Last Supper, Marco d’Oggiono, 1506. National Renaissance Museum, Château d’Ecouen © Jérémie Beylard and Mathieu Ferrier
Altarpiece of the Dominicans, Martin Schongauer (around 1445 – 1491) Unterlinden Museum, Colmar
Kanak Masks, Quai Branly Museum © Cyril Zannettacci
Joy and Melancholy, Abraham Janssens, 1623. Musée Magnin, Dijon © Hervé Lewandowski and Mathieu Ferrier
Research and Restoration Center Workshops of the Musées de France (C2RMF), Versailles  © Hervé Lewandowski and Mathieu Ferrier
Terra cotta from the 18th century, Sèvres – Cité de la Céramique © Mathieu Ferrier and Vincent Luc
The Bassin des Enfants Dorés. Château de Versailles © Thomas Garnier