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september 13, 2021 - Renault

«European Heritage Days »: Renault Group exhibits its art collection and opens the doors of its historic headquarters

  • Unheard-of opening of the Pierre Dreyfus building, Renault's first administrative headquarters and a symbol of the manufacturer's history in Boulogne-Billancourt (near Paris in France).
  • Discovering #Renault through a visit to the garden and Louis Renault's reconstructed 1891 workshop, a selection of works from the Group's art collection and classic cars
  • Creation of a virtual museum for a digital immersion in the art collection.

Boulogne-Billancourt, Septembre 13th 2021 – #Renault Group, through the #Renault Foundation, is partnering the "European #heritage Days" organized by the French Ministry of Culture from September 18 to 19, 2021. On this occasion, the Group is opening the doors of its historic building in Boulogne-Billancourt (France) for the first time and inviting the general public to discover its history by visiting Louis Renault's "cabin" (a reconstruction of the original workshop where he worked on the first #Renault model, the "Type A"), an exhibition of major works of art from its modern art collection and old #Renault vehicles.

Started in 1967 thanks to Pierre Dreyfus, a former head of the Group, the #Renault Art Collection, placed under the #Renault Foundation umbrella, brings together more than 550 works. This collection is the result of a unique corporate sponsorship approach: bringing art and industry closer together by opening the doors of workshops and factories to artists. This is how Jean Dubuffet, Victor Vasarely, Robert Doisneau and other famous figures of modern art such as Jean Tinguely, Arman, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Francis, Miró, Erro and Alechinski, and more recently Jean-Luc Moulène, Heidi Wood and Angela Palmer, have been able to forge strong links with the automobile industry and its trades.

In order to provide access to the widest possible audience to this #heritage, the Group is also digitising part of its art collection in 2D and 3D. Around thirty works, including sculptures by Dubuffet and Miró, will be displayed on the Renaultgroup.com website.

A true bridge between the worlds of art and industry, this collection bears witness to #Renault Group's long-standing and enduring attachment to its French roots and its desire to continue to keep the heart of industrial, technological and cultural innovation beating in France.

Further information in the press release to download

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