A program to support contemporary art throughout Europe
Alexis de Bernede and Marius Jacob- Gismondi, childhood friends and long-time collectors, founded Darmo in 2018 to offer international support and exposure to artists. Of a still unprecedented kind in the format of exhibitions and support of artists, Darmo promotes a deliberately limited number of talents for which they have at heart to make their name and practice emerge.
Their leitmotiv? To advise and support artists, and offer tailor-made exhibitions in emblematic and often unexpected places both in France and abroad. Collectors - whether they are first-time or mega-collectors - are also guided, accompanied and followed throughout their journey.
Proceeds from exhibitions and projects with artists are reinvested in the production of new pieces, the funding of exhibitions and the growth of the Darmo collection.
In addition, the two partners do not refrain from creating bridges between modern art, contemporary, and ancient art. In addition to their activity as collector-dealers, Alexis and Marius have forged solid partnerships and have helped Gucci acquire pieces for the company's collection; they have also collaborated with the fashion designer Giambattista Valli and have now been included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 2022 list awarded by Forbes magazine.
This nomination, obtained after four years of passionate commitment to supporting the emerging art scene, confirms that their unanimously recognized achievements now place them in this influential community of young entrepreneurs who innovate and advance society.
Alongside Darmo, the two partners manage Gismondi & Darmo, an art advisory firm working with private collectors and organizations on their collections, cultural projects, and philanthropic initiatives.