Preserving cultural heritage
Cartel Collections is a small agency located in Paris specializing in the preservation and management of art and cultural collections. They have worked with museums and institutions around the world including the Louvre and the Picasso Museum.
The agency is comprised of a team of recognized experts certified in art and cultural materials, specifically the conservation and restoration of paintings, ethnographic objects and textiles — ancient, modern and contemporary.
How do you think Mona Lisa kept up her cheeky smile for 5 centuries while imprisoned behind thick security glass and a crowd of American tourists?
Cartel Collections’ activities include the logistics and realization of exhibitions and cultural projects all over the world. Their purpose is to ensure the conservation of objects during every moment of their lives in collections: from display to transport, acquisition, storage and restoration.
What does that mean and why should you care? Basically, they are the ones making art accessible to you and me.
How do you think Mona Lisa kept up her cheeky smile for 5 centuries while imprisoned behind thick security glass and a crowd of American tourists? How do Picasso’s paintings travel around the world for the occasional exhibition in Madrid, Tokyo or Melbourne without getting a cold or even a sniffle?
Well, actually we can’t tell you, but they can. They also organize training classes.
Cartel Collections was founded by Claire Bergeaud, Frédérique Vincent and Patricia Dal-Prà.
Claire Bergeaud has been involved in many exciting projects including restoration for grand masterpieces such as Monet’s Water Lilies and other paintings by Picasso and Matisse.
Frédérique Vincent specializes in the conservation of ethnographic objects. She has traveled the world over — including the Pacific Islands, Africa and Asia — to restore all sorts of challenging objects such as two rare 16th century feather mosaics. Yes, feathers.
Patricia Dal-Prà is specialized in textile conservation and restoration. In 2007, she was involved in the successful restoration of the famous masterpiece of the 60’s, My Flower Bed by Yayoi Kusama, for the Pompidou Centre.
This master-trio hired AREA 17 to create their first website targeted at an international audience.