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Founded and directed by Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Spirit Now London is a private and exclusive group of benefactors, collectors, and friends invited to attend conferences and exhibitions, often followed by a breakfast, lunch or dinner in private homes, museums, galleries, and artists' studios. Various cultural figures such as museum directors, curators, artists, writers, philosophers, and designers are invited to come to London and to share their passion with the group. We have been fortunate enough to welcome the director of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, and Laurent Lebon from the Musée Picasso. We have attended exceptional and inspiring talks, such as the conversation between Antony Gormley and Idan Segev, Professor of Neuroscience. Numerous great artists such as Idris Khan, Mat Collishaw, Isaac Julien, Sheila Hicks, Cornelia Parker, Mircea Cantor, and more have given us the privilege of entering their universe. Similarly, famous collectors have also opened their doors to share their unique collections with Spirit Now (Maria Sukkar, Catherine Petitgas, Cora Sheibani, and Helene Nguyen to name a few).
Spirit Now! London members are not only lovers of culture, but also patrons and supporters. As a group, Spirit Now supports cultural institutions such as the Hayward Gallery, Fluxus, and the Palais de Tokyo. Marie-Laure is very happy to have members commission artworks to be made into an exhibition, as she did with Tomàs Saraceno for his show at the Palais de Tokyo. Spirit Now is dedicated to discovering talented young artists, whom the members help by providing support as a collector base and encouragement as well as a captive audience. Spirit Now is supporting Hicham Berrada's upcoming exhibition at the Hayward Gallery this July.