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Meeting with Frédéric Jousset, president of the Art Explora Foundation

« The pandemic has only reinforced Art Explora’s message of taking an interest in all audiences, especially those who are far from it. »

Frédéric Jousset

Along with a group of cultural figures, Frédéric Jousset recently submitted ten proposals to the Minister of Culture to enable museums to reopen. He is the head of the European foundation Art Explora, which he created in November 2019, and of ArtNova, his €100 million impact investment fund. He is also co-founder of the Webhelp group, owner of Beaux-Arts Magazine, president of the HEC group’s alumni association and a major patron of the Louvre. Frédéric Jousset is multiplying initiatives to democratise access to culture for all audiences, aware that culture has the power to bring people together. This entrepreneur and patron of the arts, together with his team – employees and volunteers who have joined the Foundation – has come up with innovative ways of bringing together works of art and their various audiences, and of supporting cultural players and creative work. Meet a man of combat with a universal message.

You recently co-signed an article in Le Monde calling for the reopening of museums, and you submitted 10 proposals to Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture. Can you tell us more about the progress made ? Did some of the proposals meet with a favourable response and could they lead to a future agreement ?  

Frédéric Jousset : The meeting with the Minister took place on the morning of Monday 8 February. Roselyne Bachelot received about thirty art centre and museum directors via Zoom. Our message was heard, she listened to the complaints and especially noted the absurdity of leaving museums closed while libraries and art galleries are open. Roselyne Bachelot also took into account the health protocols that can be deployed and insisted that museums will be given priority for reopening once the curfew is lifted. The Minister is now waiting for the infection rate to stabilise and then start to fall before reopening museums, as not all cultural venues present the same health risks.