Vue d'exposition, "Space Utopia" de Vincent Fournier, 2019 © Fondation Bullukian - PR
Exhibition view of Space Utopia by the artist Vincent Fournier, 2019 © Bullukian Foundation

2019

Renewal of the Bullukian Foundation’s art center

Renewal of the Bullukian Foundation’s art center
Following major renovations and enlargements, the Bullukian Foundation’s art center, located at 26 place Bellecour in Lyon, opens again its doors to the public. This vast, plural, and modular space of almost 1,500 m2 hosts an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions, meetings, and mediation activities, in order to encourage the creation, experimentation, and access of art for all audiences.

2009

Umbrella foundation

The Bullukian Foundation obtains the coveted label of umbrella foundation by the Council of State. This status gives it the capacity to host other foundations under its aegis which are in alignment with the social object and the area of action of the Bullukian Foundation.

2003

State-approved foundation as a public interest organization

Under the leadership of its President, Professor Jean-Pierre Claveranne, the Bullukian Foundation becomes independent and recognized as serving the public interest. Its activities are carried out along three focus, in accordance with the wishes of its founder and its statutes approved by the Council of State :

– Encourage applied research in the medical field;
– Encourage cultural and artistic development, in particular by helping young people;
– Support the projects developed for the benefit of the Armenian community, in France and abroad.

1986

Creation of the Léa and Napoléon Bullukian Foundation

The “Fondation de France” creates a sheltered foundation Léa and Napoléon Bullukian, which first President will be Professor Pierre Marion until 2000.

Le Professeur Pierre Marion, à son bureau à la Fondation Bullukian, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian. © Droits réservés.
Professor Pierre Marion, at his desk in the Bullukian Foundation, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.
Portrait de Napoléon Bullukian, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian. © Droits réservés.
Portrait of Napoléon Bullukian, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.

1983

Will and death of Napoléon Bullukian

By will, Napoléon Bullukian expresses his wish to allocate his heritage by legacy to the “Fondation de France”, responsible for creating a private foundation. He died, childless, a year later in 1984.

1972

Rewarded by the Legion of Honour

Man of network committed to a humanist vision, Napoléon Bullukian is involved in the political and associative life of the city of Lyon. His civic spirit and his integration have been awarded by the presentation of the Legion of Honour medal.

Louis Pradel, Lyon Mayor, presenting the Legion of Honour medal to Napoléon Bullukian, 1972, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.
Photographie du cœur artificiel du Professeur Pierre Marion, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian. © Droits réservés.
Artificial heart developed by Professor Pierre Marion, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.

1970

Support for artificial heart research

Patron and philanthropist passionate about arts and sciences, Napoléon Bullukian supports Professor Pierre Marion in the early research on the artificial heart and heart valves.

1964

Astra Plastique

Napoléon Bullukian takes over as head of the “Astra Plastique” company. Betting on innovation, his activity in the plastic industry was, in the 1980s, among the most efficient in Europe.

« L’empereur du plastique en France, Napoléon Bullukian », à son bureau, à Astra, Saint Georges de Reneins, décembre 1973, paru dans Paris Match n°1284. © Droits réservés.
“The plastic emperor in France, Napoléon Bullukian”, at his desk, in Astra factory, Saint Georges of Reneins, December 1973, published in Paris Match n°1284 © All rights reserved.
Visite officielle de l’usine Astra à Saint Georges de Reneins, vers 1970, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian. © Droits réservés.
Official visit of Astra factory in Saint Georges of Reneins, around 1970, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.
1949

Diversification of his entrepreneurial activities

As a visionary entrepreneur, Napoléon Bullukian diversified his activities after the war, in numerous companies, including a small corking company “La Manufacture lyonnaise de bouchage”. While affirming the social and innovative dimensions of its builds, he puts his talents as a business manager in the service of the construction cooperative “Le Roc”.

1946

Portrait of a man of network

Napoléon Bullukian acquired a property in Champagne au Mont d’Or: La Malmaison. This house, filled with paintings and objects of his collection, is a genuine place of life where Napoléon Bullukian expresses his generosity and gathers regularly his political, business, artistic and Armenian relations.

Napoléon Bullukian en maître de cuisine lors d’un méchoui donné à La Malmaison, Champagne au Mont d’or, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian. © Droits réservés.
Napoléon Bullukian as master chef during a traditional lamb barbecue in La Malmaison, Champagne au Mont d’or, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.
Napoléon Bullukian (debout au centre) et ses camarades pendant la guerre, vers 1939-1940, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian © Droits réservés.
Napoléon Bullukian (standing in the middle) with his comrades during the war, around 1939-1940, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.
1939

Napoléon Bullukian, fighter and resistant

During the Second World War, Napoléon Bullukian is mobilized in an infantry division in Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain). After the defeat, he joined the Resistance within the “Coq enchaîné” network.

1936

The worker turned entrepreneur

Napoléon Bullukian developed his own construction company, with which he forged his name by carrying out large building construction programs in the 7th and 8th districts of Lyon.
Napoléon Bullukian, à droite d’Édouard Herriot, lors de l’inauguration de la rue du Général Gouraud, Lyon 8e, 20 novembre 1938, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian © Droits réservés.
Napoléon Bullukian, on the right of Édouard Herriot, at the inauguration ceremony of Général Gouraud’s street, 8th district Lyon, 20th of November 1938, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.
Léa et Napoléon Bullukian parmi leur collection de tableaux, La Malmaison, Champagne au Mont d’or © Archives photographiques du Progrès, Lyon
Léa and Napoléon Bullukian in the middle of their art collection, La Malmaison, Champagne au Mont d’or © Archival photograph from Le Progrès, Lyon.
1935

Léa Bullukian

Napoléon Bullukian married Léa, born Vaillat, a native of the Jura department. She shared with him, her life, her values, and her passion for their art collection until her death in 1975.

1930

Settling in Lyon

After two years spent in the capital, Napoléon Bullukian moves to Lyon, where he’s hired as a laborer, and then promoted to site manager in the building sector.

Ouvriers sur un chantier de l’entreprise B. Napoléon, Lyon, vers 1937, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian. © Droits réservés.
Workers on a site of B. Napoléon company, Lyon, around 1937, Bullukian Foundation collection © All rights reserved.
Napoléon Bullukian (assis au centre) durant son service militaire dans la marine, Fonds Fondation Léa et Napoléon Bullukian, 1929. © Droits réservés.
Napoléon Bullukian (seated in the middle) during his military service in the Navy, Bullukian Foundation collection , 1929 © All rights reserved.
1928

French naturalization

Napoléon Bullukian is naturalized and became a French citizen. The following year, he proudly performed his military service in the Navy in Brest (Finistère).

1923

The Armenian refugee

Napoléon Bullukian, who managed to collect some savings and a passport, takes the road for exile. Deprived and unable to speak French, he arrives in Marseille before joining Saint-Chamond (Loire). There, he rebuilt his life with determination into work and with support of the Armenian community.

Napoléon Bullukian au centre de l’Association des Malatiatzi à Saint Chamond, 1925. Photo extraite du livre Histoire des Arméniens de Malatia, 1961. © Droits réservés.
Napoléon Bullukian in the middle of Malatiatzi association in Saint Chamond, 1925. Photograph from the book Histoire des Arméniens de Malatia, 1961 © All rights reserved.
Orphelins, Van, Aykèsdan, début XXe siècle. Photo extraite du livre Les Arméniens dans l’Empire Ottoman, Fonds Bibliothèque Nubar Pacha, Paris © Droits réservés.
Orphans, Van, Aykèsdan, Beginning of XXth century. Photograph from the book Les Arméniens dans l’Empire Ottoman, Nubar Pacha library collection, Paris © All rights reserved.
1919

To rebuild himself after the orphanage

After the allies’ victory, Napoléon Bullukian is rescued by Urfa orphanage. With the dream of joining France for a better life, he returns to Malatya and tries in vain to find the goods of his family.

1915

Armenian genocide

During the Armenian genocide, Napoléon Bullukian is, with his family, a victim of massacres and deportations. He is then sold as a slave to a tribe of Kurdish nomads who employed him as a shepherd.

Bergers kurdes. Dessin de Myrbach d’après photographie, paru dans À travers l’Arménie russe par Madame B. Chantre, officier d’académie, 1890 © Muséum, Lyon
Kurdish shepherds. Drawing by Myrbach published in À travers l’Arménie russe by Madame B. Chantre, 1890 © Museum, Lyon
Carte de l’Arménie : un passage entre l’Orient et l’Occident. © Zigzagone
Map of Armenia: a crossing between Orient and Occident © Zigzagone
1905

Napoléon Bullukian’s birth

Napoléon Bullukian is born in Malatya, a city in Ottoman Armenia (current Turkey). Child of a wealthy family, he is named Napoléon in tribute to France.