Since 1978, 21 countries have hosted exhibitions or works curated by Le Consortium. 225 exhibitions were presented at Le Consortium and 80 outdoor exhibitions were curated. Le Consortium received a lot of international distinctions, as the Pan Prize for the best exhibition of the year ("Conscience: On Kawara – Alberto Giacometti") in 1990; the special award from the jury for the Venice Biennal (for the French pavilion by Pierre Huyghe) in 2001; the Turner Prize for the artist of the year (for cinema in the round by Mark Leckey) in 2008; three prizes of the Festival de Cannes: Palme d’Or in 2010, Prix du Jury in 2004 and "Un certain Regard" in 2002 (Anna Sanders Films). Since 2011, Le Consortium has renovated its building and now has 16 rooms of exhibition distributed on 2 floors. International artists such as Niele Toroni, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, On Kawara, Maurizio Cattelan, Christopher Wool, or Alex Israel realized their first solo show in France at Le Consortium. The contemporary art center Le Consortium, managed by the association Le Coin du Miroir, is active since 1977 and received the label Centre d’Art in 1982. The aims of the art center are production and exhibition of contemporary art works, enrichment of public heritage, promotion, spreading and education of art and today’s thinking. Le Consortium also wants to be part of a process of reflection and experimentation in the field of cultural engineering and the management of cultural and artistic activities related to the performing arts. Deeply rooted in the community, Le Consortium finds its origin in the currents of the 1970’s, in which alternative structures were created to counterbalance the establishment and to enable independent speech. In 1977 Xavier Douroux and Franck Gautherot among others founded the association Le Coin du Miroir. It was installed at the first floor of an alternative bookstore. In 1983 Eric Colliard (deceased in 1995) joined the team. Together they developed a critical reflection on the place and role of art in society. First actions were realised with artists who protested the language of art and the way that art was traditionally made, like Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Niele Toroni, Claude Rutault, Christian Boltanski, Annette Messager, Jean Le Gac, John Baldessari, Bertrand Lavier, Urs Lüthi, Cindy Sherman, Gloria Friedmann, Daan van Golden… In 1996 Eric Troncy joined the art center as co-director, following to Anne Pontégnie, Stéphanie Moisdon and Seungduk Kim.
In 2012, Le Consortium created with the Domaine de La Romanée Conti - one of the most famous vineyards in the world - Academie Conti, an exhibition space located in a house of the eighteenth century that housed the former winery of the Prince of Conti to Vosne Romanée. Two exhibitions are presented each year. Since its inauguration, Bertrand Lavier (FR), Karen Kilimnik (USA), Thomas Houseago (USA), Joe Bradley (USA), John Armleder (CH), Wade Guyton (USA), Kim Gordon & Rodney Graham (USA) have been exposed.
Department Art & SocietySince 1991, Le Consortium is the mediator of the Fondation de France for the New Patrons program (Nouveaux commanditaires) in Burgundy. It consists of the opportunity for individuals, groups, and companies, to commission a contemporary artwork in a proximity scale. Thanks to the investment of the foundation along with other sponsors or partners, and thanks to the mediator, this original initiative places the creation within contexts of local development and social linkage. Almost fifty commissions have already been completed successfully, from isolated works intended to join museums, to larger sets up in Burgundy (University for instance), from paintings (Yan Pei-Ming) to public lighting (Christian Boltanski), but also buildings (Patrick Berger) among which the center of interpretation of the Canal de Bourgogne in Pouilly-en-Auxois (Shigeru Ban).
This department is related to the production and diffusion of new musics in collaboration with Why Note association. Le Consortium attaches importance to make arts meeting others, by initiating a constant relationship with the contemporary music. A part of the spaces of Le Consortium, suitable to limited audience shows, hosted for many years a lot of choreographers, directors, performers and radical musicians (Olivia Grandville, Odile Duboc, Boris Charmatz, Philippe Découflé, Jérôme Bel, Alain Buffard, Julie Nioche for dance; Raimund Hoghe, Stanislas Nordey, Valère Novarina, Forced Entertainment, Jean-Charles Masséra, Kasper Toeplitz, Pierre Henry, Dominique A and Françoise Breut, Bob Moog, Balanescu Quartet, David Shea, Yann Tiersen, Les Little Rabbits…).Located in the basement of Le Consortium building, the concert hall welcomes and co-produces concerts every year part of music festivals: GeNeRiq, MV, etc.
Publication and editing are parallel activities that document and extend the activity of the exhibition. To carry out this mission which must be part of a commercial framework, the company Les presses du réel was created in 1992 on the sidelines of the Consortium. It strives to publish the most contemporary art as well as the avant-garde of the historical modernity of the twentieth century. Monographic books published in multi-edition, exhibition catalogs, writings of artists and unpublished documents, historical texts never reissued... The presses du réel have also constituted their own structure of diffusion and distribution which allows a greater independence and autonomy. More and more independent publishers trust them to take over the marketing of their books. This is so with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Geneva, the Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes, the JRP/Ringier editions of Zurich...
Founded in 1998 by Charles de Meaux, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, and the association for the diffusion of contemporary art (Xavier Douroux, Franck Gautherot), the production company Anna Sanders Films was joined by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in 2004. In 2009, a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, shows the main creations of these founding directors. The following year, the movie "Uncle Boonmee" by Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. More recently, in Paris, the works of Philippe Parreno and Charles de Meaux have been projected in dedicated exhibitions, respectively at the Palais de Tokyo (2013) and at the Centre Pompidou (2014). The projects Anna Sanders Films belong to those who draw new landscapes, or at least new ways to apprehend them. The movies by Charles de Meaux ("Marfa Mystery Lights", 2008), Apichatpong Weerasethakul ("Syndromes and a Century", 2006), but also Lawrence Weiner ("Dirty Eyes", 2010) or Mati Diop ("A Thousand Suns", 2013) give life to this character, Anna Sanders, whose destiny is becoming reality a bit more every day. In all, they are about ten artists and filmmakers who gravitate around the ambition to establish a sensitive and poetic bridge between the fields of cinema and contemporary art. The most recent film produced by Anna Sanders Films, "Le Portrait interdit", directed by Charles de Meaux was part of selection at Cannes 2017 out of competition and was released in cinemas in December 2017. It received an exceptional reception from the press..