Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Founder and Director
After completing a DEA in Economic and Business Law at the Pantheon Sorbonne, Marie-Laure joined Sciences Po Paris (IEP).
In 2007, she founded with her husband the ML and JF de Clermont-Tonnerre Foundation, aiming to make education accessible to underprivileged children and teenagers. Present in the art world for many years now, this foundation awards a yearly scholarship to a student of the Beaux-Arts de Paris (Prix Agnès B), as well as supporting the Zao Wou Ki foundation and the French Cinémathèque. The foundation also gave scholarships to help students at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne ( EPFL ), built a school for the street Children in India ( Priscilla Children in Mumbai ), offered breakfast for the poorest children in a school in Madagascar ( AZE Foundation ), and support a thesis in the Physics of the Universe at the Astroparticule and cosmology laboratory in Paris. Since 2018, the foundation is supporting Research program in the Brain Center for a student of the Pr. Idan Segev, University of Jerusalem ( BrainCircle).
In 2008, Marie-Laure was elected to the committee of the society of Friends of the Museum of Art and History in Geneva. In 2013 she was elected to the board of the Tokyo Art Club and the Friends of the Palais de Tokyo. The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris invited her to become part of their “Vivre en Couleurs” exclusive circle. In September 2019, she was asked by The Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris to be part of their International Committee. That same year, Ralph Rugoff ( Director of the Hayward Gallery and the Venice Biennale 2019 ) invited her to join the Commissioning Committee of the Hayward Gallery in London.
Since 2015, she founded Spirit Now London, an international group of collectors and supporters of art and culture. ( press article on Spirit Now London below )
Every year, Spirit Now London is supporting an exhibition in London (July 2019: Hicham Berrada’s exhibition in the Project Room at the Hayward Gallery) or pre-commissioned some artworks (Tomas Sáraceno’s exhibition in October 2018 at the Palais de Tokyo). The group is also supporting some institutions in the cultural world.
In another field, in 2012 she published La Médecine Personnalisée (éd.Odile Jacob), after in-depth studies with a team of general practitioners. Two more books followed and over 350,000 copies were sold in France and translated in Lithuania, Roumania and Mexico.
After studying Art & Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, Laetitia worked in an art gallery in Paris and then joined in 2016, The Art of This Century and DSLcollection as business development manager. Among her areas of expertise, she was taking care of the communication and the promotion of DSLcollection’s first private museum in virtual reality.
In 2019, she founded ST&ART, a company helping artists to promote themselves through private events and collaborations with corporates and institutions.
She is also the Events Coordinator of Spirit Now London and is establishing with the founder, Marie-Laure, the Art Agenda for the club’s members.