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LABA Blue-chip Artist Jiannan Huang to Exhibit at the Institut de France in Paris, France

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Dr. Jean-Francois Collignon, correspondent with the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts) with Jiannan Huang, LABA Blue-chip artist at the Institut de France in Paris, France.

On October 31, 2018, the renowned contemporary artist Jiannan Huang was invited to visit the Institut de France, the highest honorary institution in France, at the invitation of Dr. Jean-Francois Collignon, correspondent of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts). In 2019, Huang was invited to exhibit his artwork in a special exhibition. The exhibition has had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but will be scheduled at a future date, and Huang will be one of the first artists to hold a solo exhibition.

The Institut de France is a French learned society established in 1795, and defines itself as the "Protector of Arts, Literature and Science." It is grouped into five Académies:

  • Académie Française (French Academy, concerning the French language)

  • Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Academy of Humanities)

  • Académie des Sciences (Academy of Sciences)

  • Académie des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts)

  • Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques (Academy of Moral and Political Sciences)

The Institut de France awards prizes and subsidies, with most of these prizes awarded by on the recommendation of the académies.

The Institut de France located on the Seine River in Paris, France.

The Institut de France also manages prestigious foundations and museums such as the Château de Chantilly, the Musée Jacquemart-André and the Abbaye Royale de Chaalis. It also includes the Bibliothèque Mazarine, the oldest public library in France, which is open to scholars as well as casual visitors. The Institut de France was originally located in the Louvre, but it was later moved to the Quai de Conti on the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

Dr. Jean-Francois Collignon and Jiannan Huang

Dr. Jean-Francois Collignon has been a correspondent with the Academy des Beaux-Arts since 2004, and was honored for his achievements in architecture. Correspondents are those who, through their knowledge and expertise, are chosen to assist the Academy in its work. The Academy des Beaux-Arts was was created in 1816 in Paris as a merger of the Académie de Peinture et de Sculpture (Academy of Painting and Sculpture, founded 1648), the Académie de Musique (Academy of Music, founded in 1669) and the Académie d'Architecture (Academy of Architecture, founded in 1671). Collignon is a graduate of the University Institute of Technology in Rennes in 1970 (civil engineering) and the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Caen in 1977-1978 (civil construction). Jean-François Collignon has been a design engineer and sales manager in several companies specializing in metal construction, petrochemical engineering, engineering structures, and waterproofing.

Dr. Jean-Francois Collignon

From 2000 to 2002, Collignon was a Business Engineer for the company EIFFEL (metallic constructions), responsible for studies of calls for tenders and proposals (Athens Olympic Games, Museum of First Arts, etc.), as well as the management and monitoring of construction projects (mobile bridges) and steel frame buildings. He then coordinated the construction of the Millau viaduct from November 2002 to December 2003. In January 2004, he was given the task of creating an EIFFEL agency in Dunkirk with the aim of developing business in the port, river and industrial fields.

From 2005 until his retirement in 2007, he was responsible for the management and monitoring of general contracting within the company EIFFEL Constructions Métalliques (Stade de Sarcelles, rehabilitation of the Saint-Denis covered market). In 2007, he became the founding President of the Europe-Asia Exchange Center Association (Centre d'Echanges Europe-Asie) whose purpose is the implementation, promotion and development of international, national and regional artistic and cultural exchanges, the promotion of knowledge and know-how traditional and contemporary arts and techniques.


Knight of Arts & Letters

Hangzhou Cultural Advisor – Zhejiang Province


Executive Vice-President of the Sino-French Calligraphy and Painting Association

Association of French & Chinese Experts – AEFC

Bibliothèque Mazarine at the Institut de France in Paris, France.

Jiannan Huang looking at one of the books at the library at the Institut de France.

Jiannan Huang holds several positions, Director of the Chinese Traditional Culture Promotion Association, Overseas Art Adviser for the "Olympic Cheers" organizing committee for the Beijing Olympics, member of the French National Artists Committee, art consultant for the World Low Carbon Cities Alliance, and France's Jiny City Gold Medal Honorary Citizen. He was awarded the title of "Earl" by the Indonesian Royal Family, and the "Royal Sacred Knight of Constantine" from Italy. In 2020, Huang was invited by the LABA International Art Festival Organizing Committee to participate in the LABA International Art Festival as a Blue-chip artist. Last year, he was awarded an honorary membership into the Royal Society of St. George, California.

Jiannan Huang at the Institut National de France in Paris, France.

The academicians of the Institut de France bring together the highest authorities of French academia, including poets, novelists, playwrights, philosophers, doctors, scientists, anthropologists, art critics who have made outstanding contributions to the brilliance of the French language, and also often cover those who are not from academia, such as soldiers, politicians, and religious figures. Through the rich diversity of its composition, the Instiut de France presents an image of a French think tank that is faithful to talent, intelligence, culture, literature and scientific imagination. The famous Chinese "Three Musketeers", Dequn Zhu, Wou-Ki Zhao and Guanzhong Wu are also among the academicians at the Institut de France.

Dr. Jean-Francois Collignon, Jiannan Huang, and a colleague at the Institut de France in Paris, France.



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