Since 1980, the French Tennis Federation has enlisted a renowned artist to design each year’s French Open tournament poster. This unique project, which was conceived by the prestigious Galerie Lelong and the FFT, has gone on to create an exceptional collection of contemporary art.
For over 30 years now, the rules which govern this art/tennis collaboration have remained the same. The first stage sees the Galerie Lelong select an artist, from whom the FFT commissions a new work. The artist then has absolute carte blanche to create a work based on his or her inspirations and techniques. The FFT reserves the right to refuse the submission if it infringes on political or religious convictions, or if it contains elements which could adversely affect the tournament. The Federation would however under no circumstances alter a submission.
The collection was launched by Italy’s Valerio Adami and now features some of the greatest artists of our time ranging from Joan Miró to Antoni Tàpies and including Eduardo Arroyo, Arman, Hervé Télémaque and Sean Scully.