17 / 06 / 2015

Discover the Artagōn exhibition – a whole new kind of contemporary art competition!

The Société Générale Contemporary Art Collection is a partner of the very first Artagōn initiative, which will see works exhibited from 17 to 30 April 2015 at the Villa Deshayes, in Paris' 14th arrondissement.


The Artagōn collective seeks to showcase young artists studying at public art schools by giving them the opportunity to come together at a joint exhibition in Paris. The selection panel that picks the winners is made up of eight creative industry professionals and headed by former French Minister of Culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon.

Artagōn is a youth initiative founded in November 2014 by students who wanted to promote artistic creation with a competition for 30 young artists chosen by a specially selected jury. ‘Art’ stands for the visual arts, while ‘agōn’ is classical Greek for competition, inspiring emulation, excellence and conversation. Some two hundred students from 10 art schools competed for the chance to open their studios up to the world and display their processes, their ambition and their work. The panel chose three students from each school, taking 30 young artists through to the final round in Paris, where the overall winners will be announced. Competitors were judged in two categories: most promising artwork and best trio of artists from a single art school.

The exhibition is open free of charge to the public from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day from 17 to 30 April 2015 at the Villa Deshayes, 17 rue Ledion, 75014 Paris.

The next Artagōn competition will take place in March 2016 with a new group of students and a new jury, but the same desire to bring to the fore students’ work that is hidden away in studios across the country.


To find out more, go to: http://www.artagon.fr/