January 15, 2010 09:00 ET

AXA Art Insurance Supports Monumental Sculpture Exhibition by Internationally Acclaimed Artist Bernar Venet

Unveiling of sculptures in historic Hermann Park, Houston

January 23, 2010

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwire – Jan. 15, 2010) - AXA Art Insurance, the world's leading insurer of fine art and collectibles, announced its support of the unprecedented nine-month exhibition, of works by internationally acclaimed French artist, Bernar Venet. Beginning January 23rd, a cultural coalition led by the Texan French Alliance for the Arts, will unveil a series of monumental sculptures on the grounds of Houston's historic Hermann Park. The massive steel structures that stand up to 30 feet high and weigh up to 25,000 pounds, will transform Hermann Park into a public sculpture garden.

Highlighting its contribution to the art community and preserving cultural heritage, AXA Art Insurance Corporation will lend its resources and expertise to support the Bernar Venet exhibition. The company's role in facilitating this monumental showcase is at the heart of its operating paradigm. AXA Art operates on the premise that a business thrives only if it is part of the community in which it conducts business, and that in order to become an integral part of that community, it must give back.

Giving back to the art community takes many forms at AXA Art, including maintaining partnerships with world- renowned art fairs and art organizations, providing grants to deserving artists, and funding groundbreaking conservation research in collaboration with leading institutions.

Benar Venet, is widely recognized as one of the world's most important artists, His distinguished career dates back to the 60s. His sculptures have been exhibited in major cities in the United States, Asia, Europe and South America. Houston is among 20 international cities including Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, New York, Chicago and San Diego to host a Bernar Venet exhibition.

The project is made possible by the McClain Gallery and endorsed by the City of Houston, the French Consulate, the Hermann Park Conservancy, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

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