Arts & Culture


CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats, a leading law firm and a long-standing player in the business world, has decided to partner with two iconic museums, the Grand Palais and the Louvre.

Grand Palais – Business Club

The firm has decided to join forces with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais (Union of French Museums – Grand Palais, or RMN-GP) by becoming a member of the Club Entreprise (Business Club) of the Grand Palais.
The RMN-GP is a public cultural institution established in 1895, and was the first European cultural organisation. With support from the French Ministry of Culture, the RMN-GP focuses entirely on fulfilling its purpose: to bring a palpable experience of beauty to as many people as possible through encounters with art and all forms of expression.

This is what it does at the Grand Palais, an iconic monument in Paris which was built for the World’s Fair in 1900, dedicated “by the Republic to the glory of French art”, and classified as a historical monument in the year 2000.

The firm wishes to support this multi-faceted public organisation in all its roles: exhibition organiser; publisher of books, cultural objects, and multimedia products; art workshops host; photography agency; and commercial distributor.

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats joined the Club Entreprise of the Grand Palais in 2016.

  • Official website of the Grand Palais
  • Grand Palais 2017 season

Louvre - Scientific research – The Ceramics from Susa I Project

The firm decided to partner with the Louvre museum to sponsor a priority research programme conducted by Louvre’s Department of Near Eastern Antiquities: the Ceramics from Susa I Project.

Between 1897 and 1979, important excavations in the site of Susa, in western Iran, were led by French archaeologists. In accordance with the Franco-Persian agreements signed in 1895 and 1900, all the materials discovered in Susa have enriched the French public collections. Thus, the collection of Iranian antiques of the Louvre is the most important in the world outside Tehran.

The Louvre’s collection contains approximately 1,500 painted pieces of ceramics known as Susa I. Despite a publication made in 1913, this collection remains largely unpublished.

The purpose of this research project launched in 2015 is therefore to realize an exhaustive and systematic inventory of the collection, and to begin the restoration and reassembly of these ceramics, of which nearly 200 are still in in their original crates dating from 1908.

In addition to this restoration which will be continued in 2017, a chemical analysis of the materials and a study of the designs will be carried out to identify the techniques used in the manufacture and in the decoration of these ceramics.

CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats was a member of the Cercle Louvre Entreprises from 2013 to 2015, patron of the Sculptures Department in 2016, supporting the Alabaster Project and decided in 2017 to support the Ceramics from Susa I Project since 2017.


Partnership with the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts

The practice has decided to become a sponsor of the Museum of Fine Arts.

As part of a policy to expand its collection, the Museum of Fine Arts has acquired a work by Corneille de Lyon, Portrait of a Man in a Black Beret Holding a Pair of Gloves. Our practice contributed to the acquisition of this work, which will enrich the cultural heritage.

An important resource in the Lyon region, the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in France or Europe. Located in the centre of Lyon, between the Rhône and the Saône, it occupies a magnificent 17th century building. The collections exhibited in 70 rooms take visitors on an extraordinary journey from antiquity through to modern art. The museum expands its collection regularly through an active policy of acquisitions, relying primarily on donors, collectors, or artists’ heirs.

Official website of the Museum of Fine Arts

Maison de la Danse

CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats became a sponsor of the Maison de la Danse, or dance theatre, at the end of 2013.

Founded in Lyon in 1980, the Maison de la Danse was the first structure of its type in France, dedicated to exploring and sharing the field of choreographic expression. The original team was made up of five local choregraphers whose aim was to defend dance in its many diverse forms and techniques. The Maison de la Danse in Lyon has been a centre of contemporary creativity for almost 40 years. It is a theatre with a plural approach, placing the emphasis on creativity, sharing and the overall experience in order to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Official website of the Maison de la Danse