Home – EN 2018-12-03T11:18:42+00:00

Call for applications
to the 2019 grant
To request an application form an on-line questionnaire must be filled and sent by November 15, 2018 latest.


The Foundation

The Foundation Marc de Montalembert strives to promote cultural understanding in the Mediterranean world.

It awards annual grants for the realization of cultural projects or related to craft development which enable to discover the diversity of Mediterranean cultures.

In association with it awards the  Marc de Montalembert Prize for an advanced research in history of arts in the Mediterranean.

Grants and Prize are awarded to young people from Mediterranean countries.

The Foundation is the host at its seat in Rhodes, Greece, of encounters and seminars on cultural subjects relevant to the region.

The Foundation also takes in residence artists or scholars.

countries of the


Marc de Montalembert



20 July 2018

The call for applications for the Prix Marc de Montalembert 2019 is on the INHA’s website. Deadline for submission of [...]

25 April 2018

Annual opening of the Foundation in Rhodes and presentation of the 2018 Marc de Montalembert grant by Mr Luigi Marras, Ambassador [...]

2018 Marc de Montalembert grant

The 2018 Marc de Montalembert grant is awarded to Maria Luisa Colli from Italy for her project “Le pescatrici del Mediterraneo: spazi e pratiche delle [...]

Our activities

The grant
The grant
provides support to cultural projects or related to craft based on a genuine vocation and focusing on the Mediterranean region

the Marc de Montalembert Prize
the Marc de Montalembert Prize
provides support to advanced research on history of arts and cultures of the Mediterranean region, in association with Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris.


The Foundation, established in memory of Marc, 1972-1993, has three main projects :

  • to conserve the garden and summerhouse which it restored in the medieval town of Rhodes, in Greece and manage their use for cultural activities related to the Mediterranean region;
  • to encourage among young people from the Mediterranean the discovery and study of the cultures of the region through annual grants (7000€) and Prize (9000€);
  • to facilitate the dialogue between men and women from diverse Mediterranean cultures : it offers its seat in Rhodes as a meeting place for encounters where experiences can be shared and ideas debated in a quest for mutual understanding.

The Garden in Rhodes

“Marc’s garden” is a special garden, a garden of memory and hope, a symbol of renaissance. Tucked away between the walls of the old town of Rhodes, the garden restored by the Foundation extends from the Byzantine chapel of St Mark to the Monastery of St George. Early sources indicate that the garden already existed in the 13th century and through the epoch of the Knights as testified by Caoursin’s miniatures of 1484 and through the Ottoman period.

Today’s garden draws its inspiration from byzantine, mediaeval and Ottoman gardens with geometrical forms, aromatic plants, and the symbolic presence of water. Two tall cypresses stand like candelabra beside the fountain; the presence of fine white-berried myrtles besides the chapel of St Mark bears witness to the age-old sacred nature of the site.