Our association is composed of 5 women who, for more than 10 years, have built their career in the art world. In 2017, we decided to put our expertise at the service of social commitment. Thanks for Nothing is born out of our desire to link the world of contemporary art and that of engagement but also to take action and stop being only a spectator of the situation and the reality of social inequalities. We wanted to become actors of solidarity and change. With Thanks for Nothing, we want to demonstrate that we all have the means to act and that we can all contribute to the construction of a fairer society.
© Jean Picon / Say Who
Marine Van Schoonbeek
Co-Founder and President
From 2015 to 2018, Marine was Director of the Gallery Chantal Crousel, overseeing the strategic development of the gallery and managing the relationships and sales to institutions and collectors. From 2012 to 2015, Marine was Director of the VIP and Institutional Relations at FIAC. Over 3 years, she developed the entire program for VIPs, in partnership with 200 institutions, foundations and international private collections. From 2009 to 2012, she was Responsible for Public Relations and Sponsorship at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. She notably put in place the fundraising activities and coordinated the official inauguration of the site, the first major cultural institution to be delocalised in France. In 2008, she was appointed Assistant Curator by Robert Fitzpatrick, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and analysed the structures of American cultural institutions.
Marine lives and works in Paris, France.
Blanche de Lestrange
Director of Programming and Cultural Development at FIAC
Since 2010, Blanche has developed and managed the “Hors les Murs” program, including exhibitions of works in the Tuileries Garden, the National Museum of Natural History, the Berges de Seine, the Place Vendôme and, more recently, the Petit Palais or the Maison de la Radio. Nearly sixty artworks are installed in the public space every year, open and free of access to all. As part of the artistic programs of FIAC, she also runs a program of performances, dance, artists’ films and conferences in collaboration with major Parisian institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the Palais de la Découverte, or the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She also curated the performance programme “À Rebours” at the Silencio and “L’Eveil du Printemps” for the Toulouse International Festival, le Printemps de Septembre.
Blanche lives and works in Paris, France.
Anaïs de Senneville
Patrons’ Program Manager at Museum of Modern Art of Paris
Since 2015, Anaïs manages the patrons’ program of the Museum of Modern Art of Paris. She is in charge of the development of individual sponsorships of the museum and partnerships of the Friends Society with institutions and collectors, both nationally and internationally. In 2014, she joined the Galerie Max Hetzler and coordinated their launch in France, from the opening of the gallery to the production of exhibitions and sales. In 2012, she assisted Marie-Laure Bernadac and Pauline Guelaud in the contemporary art department of the Musée du Louvre and worked on exhibitions’ production from 2012 to 2015, most particularly on Michelangelo Pistoletto’s exhibition in 2013. In parallel, Anaïs was involved in different nonprofit cultural organisations as L’Envolée Bleue and OArt, supporting students in building artistic events in Paris. She has developed strong relationships within the cityhall of Paris and founded a public art gallery where she exhibited works of very young artists, such as the students of L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris (Atelier Tayou).
Anaïs lives and works in Paris, France.
In 2016, Bethsabée was appointed by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation as associate curator of Jean de Loisy for the exhibition Double JE, handcraft masters and artists at Palais de Tokyo. From 2015 to 2016 she worked at Palais de Tokyo as production manager for more than six exhibitions and artistic projects (Korakrit Arunanondchai, Patrick Neu, Lasco project….). In parallel, she curated a series exhibitions including Beyond 1.1 at Tanja Grunert Gallery in New York. In 2014, Bethsabée joined FIAC and worked in the department of the exhibitor’s relations for the 2014 edition. During her studies, she worked with different nonprofit organizations such as Fondation d’entreprise Ricard and Watermill Foundation (New York). From 2010 to 2011, Betshabée worked for Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois gallery where she organized fairs and outdoor exhibitions.
Bethsabée lives and works in Paris, France.
Charlotte von Stotzingen
Director of the Zurich Art Weekend
Co-founder of Startup Lions
Charlotte is currently leading the development and launch of the Zurich Art Weekend. This major cultural event, initiated and organised in collaboration with the most important museums, art centres, and galleries of Zurich, will take place from June 8th until June 10th 2018, the weekend preceding the opening of Art Basel. In 2015, Charlotte co-founded a social impact-focused venture in Turkana (Kenya), one of the poorest and most remote regions of East Africa. It encompasses Learning Lions, a nonprofit coding school, Digital Lions, a fairtrade IT-outsourcing agency and Startups Lions, a social incubator for digital startups. Thanks to her engagement on the field, she developed a first-hand knowledge of sustainable development challenges. She previously worked for 5 years as director of research and exhibitions & external relations manager at Blondeau & Cie, Geneva. This advisory office in impressionist, modern and contemporary art sources historical masterpieces for museums and major collections.
Charlotte lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.
Interns and volunteers
They participated in our projects and we’d like to thank them: Violette Bérard, Louise Conesa, Paula Delaplace, Aurore Garçia, Claire Gonnard, Katarina Jansdottir, Marion José, Clémence Prud’hommes et Lucia Nakamoto.