Call for sponsorship to buy Michel Foucault’s archives
Paris, 8 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Ministry of Culture sent out a call for sponsorship to French companies in order to purchase the archives of Michel Foucault.
The archives of the French philosopher consist of 37,000 hand-written or typed documents. The Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) stated its intention to acquire these documents, ranked as a national treasure, a year ago.
The call for sponsorship concerns €3.5m. Supporting the purchase of a national treasure for the State will allow indebted companies with company taxes to benifit from a reduction of up to 90% within 50% of the sum due.
The national treasure title is a way of protection in order to avoid goods holding a major historical, artistic and archeological value for the country from being exported. The BNF often uses this procedure to enrich its collection. That is how in 2009 it bought the archives of Guy Debord, while Yale University showed its interest in the purchase as well.