Sebastien Montabonel
Founder, Partner

Sébastien Montabonel is the Chair of Trustees of the Foundation Art Institutions of the 21st Century. The Foundation focuses on the importance of stable art institutions in a changing and challenging political, economic, and aesthetic climate; the foundation undertakes research and promotes education to provide art professionals with the tools to face current challenges – such as the shortage of public funding, the impact of new technologies on display, and effective audience engagement – to foster a sustainable art ecosystem that harnesses the best practices from both public and private sectors. He is also the founder and Partner of Montabonel & Partners and ARMP, a strategy agency working with governments, public and private institutions and large collections, with offices in London, Berlin and Beijing. In 2006, he founded Alaska Editions, a bespoke imprint focusing on artists’ editions and specialist documents including publications such as Dominique Lambert (2010), Lost and Found (2011), Pictures of Hell (2014), Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske (2016). Sébastien‘s many years of experience as a European Senior Specialist in Contemporary Photography at Phillips de Pury led him to collaborate with important private collections. In 2011 Sébastien advised Tate Modern in the acquisition of the Jacobson/Hashimoto Collection. In partnership with the Saatchi Gallery, London, he started The Private Collector Project, organised the first public display of the Franks-Suss Collection (2010) and the exhibition of the Juan Yarur Contemporary Art Collection (2010). His recent projects include Media in the Expanded Field (2015), Going Public: International Art Collectors in Sheffield (2015), the European Summit: How can public art institutions unlock the potential of philanthropy? (2015), Lewis Baltz with works by Carl Andre and Charlotte Posenenske (2016) and Art Institutions of the 21st Century (2016), The Tipping Point for Artist’s Estates (2017), Privately Funded and publically Minded: Art Institutions in Transition (2017), Audience Engagement: Why ideology Became Business (2018)He is also a nominator for the Prix Pictet, Inamori Foundation for the Kyoto Prize and was part of the curatorial committee of Photo London 2015 and 2017.