Preserving Artistic Heritage with the Imprimerie d'Art de Montparnasse

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In the heart of Montparnasse, in Paris, lies an exceptional building full of art and history. Beneath an immense glass roof, a 1400 m2 workshop built over 140 years ago, houses the printing presses that printed the masterpieces of artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, Chagall, Miró and many other leading artists of the 20th century. Today this space is dedicated to contemporary creation in the field of printing and ensures the dissemination of knowledge and know-how to the widest possible audience.


Support educational, cultural, conservation and promotional projects that will preserve the artistic, cultural and historical heritage of the Imprimerie d’Art de Montparnasse, and in particular lithography and all other printing techniques.


The funds raised will, in particular, be used to support:

  • The renovation of the glass roof built in 1881, at the time of Gustave Eiffel, which provides the main source of light in the workshop.
  • The return to working order of the last collotype printing press, a rare technique invented in the 19th century, enabling photographs to be printed with exceptional results, from a glass plate matrix.
  • The creation of a photogravure workshop, another rare printing technique for photographs, using a copper matrix.
  • The grants to discover printing techniques for young international artists in residence at the workshop.

Myriad Canada is working with L’Imprimerie d’Art de Montparnasse on this project, a French foundation. L’Imprimerie d’Art de Montparnasse is a place of inspiration and creation, a meeting point for great French and international artists who collaborate to create editions. The printers guide the artist through unusual territories, introducing him to a multitude of possibilities, suggesting innovative and experimental techniques. The work printed by Idem is present in museum collections, international exhibitions and private and public collections. The Atelier was built in 1881 by the map printer Emile Dufrenoy who ran the studio until World War II. A new generation of contemporary artists such as Jean-Michel Alberola, Sophie Calle, JR, Izumi Kato, William Kentridge, David Lynch, Paul McCarthy and Raymond Pettibon still create here nowadays.

Myriad Canada’s role is to carry out charitable activities across the globe in accordance with its charitable purposes. We control and monitor the use of funds and the progress of charitable activities to ensure that donations made to Myriad Canada have the greatest impact in accordance with donors’ expressed wishes. As a member of the Myriad Alliance with offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, Myriad Canada has a vast international network and extensive practical expertise.

How to support this project?

By credit card: At the top right of this page, indicate the amount you wish to donate, and make the donation online by credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail just a few minutes after making the donation. Simple and fast!

By check: Make your check out to Myriad Canada. Please indicate ‘Project E219 – Patrimoine artistique Montparnasse  in the ‘For/Memo’ section and mail it to: Myriad Canada, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 1670, MONTREAL, QC, H3B 2B6  – CANADA.

By Direct Deposit: Please email to Mélina Zitiello or call +1 438.300.8122

All donations are eligible for a tax receipt in Canada.

The projects are managed with the greatest care and professionalism.