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Art & Innovation: What Do Images Teach Us?

  • The Phillips Collection 1600 21st St., NW Washington DC 20009 (map)

Art & Innovation: What Do Images Teach Us?

January 14, 2016

Join us for this fascinating insight into the creative mind, as a way to rejuvenate your business and your mind! (Re)Discover some masterpieces of Art to understand how your initial reactions may be influenced by outside factors, and free yourself!

Business cannot thrive on spreadsheets alone. Without creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship wither or remain unfulfilled. 

Creativity is also vital in times of competition and industry change.  When competition is fierce, in whatever field, creative thinking is the spark that leads to new and better services, and improved processes or goods.

Seen in this way, creativity is necessary in every business setting. However, today the intense pressure to be innovative can often be more stressful than exciting, for how can a business manufacture creativity? 

The answer is to look for new sources of inspiration.  The creative exploration of art provides new ways to understand and spark creativity.  

By observing images and understanding how they were made, Vanessa Badré shows how even valuable masterpieces are never completely new, rather they are a collection of prior efforts and existing design. 

Ultimately, even that which is newly “created” is invariably derivative of past work and accomplishments; nothing is truly from scratch. Artists find inspiration in what has come before them, picking from other patterns, shapes, forms, composition, and even topics. Imitation, transformation, addition, and even the new association of preexisting elements are the key components of even the most "revolutionary" innovation, whether in art or in other fields. Indeed, the act of creation can be seen as also an act of a reiteration.  By copying, the artist actually makes something new.  Understanding and exploring this process through a guided presentation and discussion can help people from all professions rediscover their own creative process and unleash creative energies in many other diverse fields.  

Book your seats now!

  • WHEN: Thurs. Jan. 14th from 6 to 8 pm
  • WHERE: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW, Washington DC 20009
  • FEES:
    • FACCWDC MEMBERS: Free upon registration 


A graduate of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po) and a trained lawyer, Vanessa Badré has made a second career as an art historian. Ms. Badré holds an M.A. in art history from La Sorbonne.  Her research currently focuses on the relationship between art and law during the 16th and 17th centuries.

 Before entering the art world, Ms. Badré worked for more than a decade as a corporate lawyer specializing in human resources for the leading French automobile firms Citroen and Peugeot. She also practiced in the human resources department for Colgate-Palmolive in Paris.  She has lived in Paris, London, New York, and Washington, DC. 

She is married to Bertrand Badré and is the mother of four children.