According to a joint press release by France’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Communications, and Culturesfrance dated October 17, 2008, “starting with the observation that the plastic arts in France are vibrant and of high quality, yet lack visibility both at home and abroad,” French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Bernard Kouchner and Minister of Culture and Communications Christine Albanel “wished to implement a joint action plan aimed at increasing the participation of French artists in international dialogue.”
The press release reports that to reach its objectives, Culturesfrance held a series of workshops to create a plan of action.
These workshops led by Henri Jobbé-Duval (the director of Art Paris) brought together public sector experts (art school and institution directors, residence program directors, commissioners), and private sector experts (gallery directors, collectors, international trade fair directors, artists) as well as representatives from government and Culturesfrance.
The press release reports that the workshops gave rise to 33 recommendations in three main categories:
According to the press release, these recommendations have just been submitted to the two concerned ministers, “who have received them with great interest and have asked their respective departments to work jointly on them.”