The International Committee was initiated in 1995 and formalized in 1997 by the President Hélène David-Weill, with a view to finding private backers and raising the extra funds needed to renovate the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It is chaired by Claude Janssen, a member of the Board of Directors and now numbers some 50 personalities. Members come from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
The International Committee helps make the institution, its museums, art schools and library better known outside France. Its members contributed to the opening of the Musée de la Mode et du Textile (1997), the opening of the Musée de la Publicité (1999), the reopening of the library (2002), the renovation of Nissim de Camondo’s apartment and the making of a film on the history of the Camondo family (2003), and the creation of the Jewelry Gallery (2004).
The committee meets once a year at the Arts Décoratifs. Projects in progress, the restoration of works in the collections and of the woodwork, and progress report on renovations are presented to the meeting.
The donations received for these projects since 1995 total 11,6 million euros. Work done on several period rooms in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs was partly financed through the support of the art patrons on the international committee: Jeanne Lavin’s apartment by Armand-Albert Rateau, the Gold Room of Avignon, the La Fontaine room, the ambassador’s desk by Pierre Chareau and the Pavilion of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs at the Universal Exhibition of 1900…