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Societe Generale Collection : Public Transport – Part 1


The Société Générale Collection presents Transport Commun – Volet 1, a new exhibition to be discovered until the beginning of July in the Towers of the Société Générale in La Défense (opening as soon as health measures allow).

From September 2021, the second part of “Transport Commun” will unveil the works of the 14 winners of the Société Générale call for projects of the artistic patronage with the Beaux-Arts de Paris.

As part of the carte blanche entrusted to exhibition curators in the dedicated space of the Group’s headquarters in La Défense, Societe Generale invites independent exhibition curator Marie-Ann Yemsi to design a unique exhibition. Entitled “Common Transport”, this brings together works by artists from the collection with artists invited by the curator and from very diverse backgrounds, to talk about “an eventful and uncertain era on the scale of the entire planet (which) questions more than ever our ability to build a fair living society that respects all ecosystems ”.


Guest artists: Martin Faure, Antwan Horfee, Romuald Jandolo, Kubra Khademi, El Mehdi Largo, Daniel Nicolaevsky Maria, Josèfa Ntjam, Elsie Otinwa, Lyz Parayzo, Virginia Quadjovie, Rakajoo and Emmanuel Tussore.

The artists selected from the Société Générale Collection: Kader Attia, Omar Ba, François Bard, Aglaé Bory, Ulla von Brandenburg, Stéphane Calais, Jordi Colomer, Danica Dakić, Sépànd Danesh, Philippe Decrauzat, Philippe Favier, Carole Fekété, Raymond Hains, Turiya Magadlela, Didier Marcel, Jonathan Monk, François Morellet, Lyndi Sales, Berni Searle and Barthélémy Toguo.


The Société Générale Collection is dedicated to creation in all its forms.

The Collection’s bias is that of eclecticism: it favors not one style or one school but the diversity of themes, artists, and techniques

Creation. The Collection is structured around three axes:

  • painting, mostly abstract, was the initial common thread, with artists such as Pierre Soulages, Pierre Alechinsky, Olivier Debré, Zao Wou-Ki or Aurélie Nemours.
  • sculpture, around the three preferred materials of iron, bronze and stone, also occupies an important place, with works signed in particular by Wang Du, Philippe Ramette, Karsten Konrad and Laurent Grasso.
  • photography, in particular on the themes of the urban landscape and nature, is present with artists such as Stéphane Couturier, Thomas Ruff, Liu Bolin, Alain Bublex, or Vik Muniz.


The Societe Generale Collection aims to combine works of confirmed artists and works by new creators. This diversity has grown with an openness to young talents from emerging artistic scenes, in France and internationally. In 2018, the Societe Generale Collection included more than half foreign artists. The works in the Collection regularly leave the bank’s premises to be exhibited in museums in France and abroad.

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