Each year, these two societies of friends contribute to the influence of the two museums, enriching their collections and their programming and contributing to the richness and diversity of their activities.
The Société des Amis des Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie (SAMO)
Founded in 1980, the Société des Amis des musées d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie (SAMO) is an association recognized as being of public utility. It was initially created with the twofold objective of accompanying the birth of the Musée d'Orsay and encouraging its frequentation.
Since 2010, when the Musée de l'Orangerie joined the Musée d'Orsay within the same public establishment, the SAMO has extended its field of action to support the influence of these two museums and the development of their activities.
In particular, the SAMO participates in new acquisitions and allows donations of works to museums. More than 2,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, furniture and art objects have joined the collections of the Musée d'Orsay in 40 years, thanks to his intervention. This community of enthusiasts thus makes visible and accessible an exceptional heritage that remained private until then. the Société des Amis des musées d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie help make our two museums truly vibrant institutions and work hand in hand with their teams.
Honorary President: Countess de Ribes
President : Jean Louis Milin
Vice-president : Bertrand Chardon
Vice-president : Laurent Dassault
General Secretary: Marc Weisbein
Treasurer: Marc Chauveau
Development Manager: Caroline Abécassis
General Delegate: Marie-Alix Caquelard
Deputy General Delegate : Lan-Hsin Arnaud
- 2021 - Roderic O'Conor, Garçon breton de profil [Breton Boy in Profile] (detail), 1893, acquired with the generous support of SAMO ©Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
- 2021 - Frantisek Kupka, Les Mystères de la construction du Metropolitain [The Mysteries of the Construction of the Metropolitan Railway] (detail), 1905, gift of Mr. Jean Louis Milin through the SAMO ©MBA Caen / P. Touzard
- 2021 - Jean-François Raffaëlli, Portrait de Joris-Karl Huysmans [Portrait of Joris-Karl Huysmans] (detail), ca. 1898, gift of the SAMO ©Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
- 2021 - Félix-Joseph Barrias, Étude pour Les Exilés de Tibère [Study for The Exiles of Tiberius] (detail), 1850, from the group of seven works donated by Mr. Jacques Foucart and Mrs. Elisabeth Foucart-Walter, in memory of the art historian Bruno Foucart through the SAMO
- 2020 - Edward Burne-Jones for Morris & Co, Enoch (détail), panneau de vitrail pour décorer la chapelle du Cheadle Royal Hospital de Manchester [Enoch (detail), stained glass panel to decorate the chapel of the Cheadle Royal Hospital in Manchester], 1909, gift of the SAMO ©DR
- 2019 - Christofle & Cie I Emile Reiber, Vase modèle Deux Poissons (détail) [Vase model Deux Poissons] (detail), 1874, gift of the SAMO ©Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
- 2019 - Charles Nègre, Le Louvre, pavillon de l'Horloge (détail) [The Louvre, Pavillon de l'Horloge] (detail), 1860, gift of the SAMO ©Bernard Gleizes / DR
- 2019 - Léopold Chauveau, Paysage monstrueux n°55 (détail), [Monstrous Landscape n°55] (detail), 1921, from the set of 526 drawings and 48 sculptures donated by Mr. Marc Chauveau through SAMO ©DR
Joining the Society of Friends of the musée d'Orsay and the musée de l'Orangerie means joining a circle of art lovers united by a common passion for the collections of our two museums. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, they share the same vision of culture as a fundamental asset that unites societies and brings us together.
Each "Friend" has a personal and exclusive relationship with the Orsay and Orangerie museums, and enjoys special benefits throughout the year in gratitude for their support. The Friends meet and exchange ideas at special events, from vernissages to guided tours.
The American Friends of the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie (AFMO)
Created in 2009, the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) contributes to the development of the Establishment in the United States, and maintains the enduring link between that country and our museums.
Created in 2009, the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) contributes to the development of the Establishment in the United States, and maintains the enduring link between that country and our museums. The AFMO brings together American patrons who have a particular attachment to the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie, and who support projects as diverse as the enrichment of the collections, the restoration of artworks, cultural and contemporary programs, educational projects and high investment projects. Finally, the AFMO helps to identify new patrons who would like to commit to us on the other side of the Atlantic.
President: Elizabeth Kehler
Vice President: Nancy Staniar
Treasurer: Bernard Duhaime
Executive Secretary: Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation, represented by Suzanne Moore
Executive Director (Paris): Verena Thornton
Communications and Membership Manager (Paris): Christine Groult
Development Manager (New York): Bradley Ferrarini
- 2021 - Laurent Grasso, Artificialis, 2020, with the generous support of the AFMO Society as part of the exhibition The Origins of the World. The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century (Musée d'Orsay, May 19 - July 18, 2021) ©ADAGP, Paris 2021 / Studio
- 2021 - Isabelle Cornaro, L'intervalle des images, 2021, with the generous support of the AFMO society as part of the exhibition Contemporary Dialogues 6 (Musée de l'Orangerie, June 1 - September 6, 2021) ©Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
- 2020 - M/M Paris, D'un M/Musée à l'Autre, 2020, with the generous support of the AFMO society as part of the exhibition D'un M/Musée à l'autre (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 13 October 2020 - 3 October 2021) ©Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
- 2020 - Francesco Vezzoli, Joris-Karl Huysmans Art Critic. From Degas to Grünewald, in the Eye of Francesco Vezzoli, 2020, with the generous support of the AFMO Society (Musée d'Orsay, 26 November 2019 - 1 March 2020) ©Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
- 2020 - Janaina Tschäpe, Blood, Sea, 2020, with the generous support of the AFMO Society as part of the exhibition Contemporary Counterpoint 5 (Musée de l'Orangerie, 21 October 2020 - 17 May 2021) ©Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
- 2019 - Glenn Ligon, Black Parisians at the Musée d'Orsay, 2019, with the generous support of the AFMO Society as part of the exhibition The Black Model (Musée d'Orsay, 26 March - 21 July 2019) ©Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
- 2019 - Tracey Emin, The Fear of Loving, 2019, with the generous support of the AFMO Society as part of the exhibition The Fear of Loving. Orsay seen by Tracey Emin (Musée d'Orsay, June 25 - September 22, 2019) ©Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
- 2019 - Yan Pei-Ming, Un enterrement à Shanghai, 2019, with the generous support of the AFMO Society as part of the exhibition Yan Pei-Ming, Un enterrement à Shanghai (Musée d'Orsay, 1 October 2019 - 12 January 2020) ©Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Crépy
Throughout the year, the AFMO offers its members events in France and the United States to raise funds for the musée d'Orsay and the musée de l'Orangerie.
In Paris, members enjoy activities around museum programming and private tours of each temporary exhibition. In October, the annual AFMO Gala, the year's premier fundraising event, brings together over 100 members and patrons, primarily from the United States, for four days. Participants discover the art of living and French know-how through privileged visits to private art collections, cultural institutions and other emblematic places.
In the United States, AFMO members meet for exclusive events and can follow the Musée d'Orsay's loans to American museums through the organization of exhibition visits across the country. Finally, the AFMOs are invited to certain cultural events in Paris, New York and even Los Angeles (FIAC, Art Paris Art Fair, Paris Photo, The Armory Show, Frieze Art Fair, etc.).