Mona Bismarck American Center

Mona Bismarck American Center
Location of the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris
Established 1986
Location 34 Avenue de New York 75116 Paris, France
Coordinates 48°51′47″N 2°17′41″E / 48.863107°N 2.294819°E / 48.863107; 2.294819
President Karen Altuzarra, Président (US) et Anne-Hélène Monsellato (France)- See more at:
Public transit access Iéna

Through a multidisciplinary program of exhibitions, events, and educational outreach, the Center’s mission is to engage visitors in a dialogue with the depth and diversity of the current American cultural scene.[1]

The current Center was launched in 2011, based on the legacy of the Mona Bismarck Foundation, which became active in 1986 following the death of its founder and sole benefactor, the American philanthropist Countess Mona von Bismarck. She donated her Parisian townhouse and the majority of her estate to found the Mona Bismarck Foundation, as "her desire was to establish a Cultural Centre in Paris to enhance the cause of American/French friendship upon her death".[2]


The Center

Located on the Seine, across from the Eiffel Tower, the hôtel particulier, or Parisian townhouse, was built at the end of the nineteenth century. It was reconfigured for Mona Bismarck in the late 1950s by French interior decorator Stéphane Boudin. The building was featured in a 1928 issue of Vogue.[3]



Two to three temporary exhibitions of American art are presented each year in partnership with international institutions. Exhibitions focus on a single artist or theme and represent a range of artistic styles and movements.

"Under the Horse-Chestnut Tree", painting from 1896 - 1897 by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Courtesy of Google Art Project

Past exhibitions :

Quilt Art: L’Art du Patchwork

(February 13 – May 19, 2013)

Mary Cassatt à Paris: Drawings and Engravings from the Ambroise Vollard Collection

(September 26, 2012 – January 20, 2013)

The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Collection

(November 10, 2011 to February 12, 2012)

Little Black Dress (July 3 – September 22, 2013)

Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century

(October 16, 2013 through January 26, 2014)

Current exhibition :

Wasteland : New Art from Los Angeles is a group exhibition curated by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)’s Director and Curator, Shamim M. Momin, at two parallel venues in Paris: the Mona Bismarck American Center and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin.

Publics Programs

The Mona Bismarck American Center invites the public to discover American culture through a program of concerts, performances and discussions .


The program Look & Learn aim to broaden French students’ appreciation of American culture and art and while creating a friendly environment where students feel comfortable expressing themselves in English.

Images of Center

Exhibition Samples


  1. BUSINESS, BFM. "La tendance philanthropique: Mona Bismarck American Center propose l'exposition Wasteland - 04/04". BFM BUSINESS (in French). Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  2. Rajakaruna, C. "Mona Bismarck Foundation: Its Background Information and the Role It Plays in the American Community." United States Embassy France. Retrieved 24 Apr. 2013.
  3. "MONA VON BISMARCK." Voguepedia. Vogue, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013. <>.
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