A vision, partners and a history
Established in 1990 by Bruno Monnier—after a heritage mission in the French Ministry of Culture— Culturespaces set out to propose an alternative and decidedly modern model, based on visitor experience, to dynamically manage monuments, museums, and art centres, but without public subsidies. Right from the outset, this initiative was backed by the ENGIE Group.
1990 - 1993
After a first contract to manage the Palais des Papes in Avignon, Culturespaces focused on the global management of cultural venues and establishments, in particular the management of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its gardens at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and subsequently that of the Castle of Les Baux-de-Provence and the Château of Valençay. Innovation was already a core component of Culturespaces’ approach, involving the creation of original tour itineraries, the availability of free audio guides for every visitor, and regular shows and events.
The delegated management of the Musée Jacquemart-André provided Culturespaces with an opportunity to develop its model in the museum sector and to apply the experience gained in the Palais des Papes in Avignon to the production of high-quality temporary exhibitions.
2000 - 2001
Culturespaces completely reorganised the museographic presentation of the Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse—which is France’s largest technical museum—and took over the management of the Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
2002 - 2006
With the promotion and management of the Roman Theatre of Orange in 2002 and the Roman monuments of Nîmes in 2006, Culturespaces continued to introduce innovations, using historical re-enactments and cultural events to enrich the tour itineraries.
Culturespaces held outdoor re-enactments of the great battle of 1815 on the Waterloo Battlefield.
In line with its core values, Culturespaces established a Foundation to promote access to the arts and heritage for children who are hospitalised, handicapped, or made vulnerable by poverty or social exclusion.
In the Carrières de Lumières, Culturespaces introduced digital images and music as part of a new form of immersive exhibition. This novel system brought art and culture to a broad audience and established Culturespaces as a leading actor in the digital revolution.
After acquiring and restoring the Hôtel de Caumont and its gardens in Aix-en-Provence, Culturespaces established an Art Centre, in which temporary exhibitions are held with an international dimension.
Culturespaces launched a new digital art centre in Paris, which is scheduled to open in 2018: the Atelier des Lumières.