Created in 1972 by Michel Guy, Paris's Autumn Festival is devoted to contemporary arts. The festival presents works of reference and encourages experimentation by commissioning works from artists. It has become one of the most important festivals in Europe.
The Yves Saint Laurent company began supporting the festival in 1978. The support has taken the form of direct financing for the festivals, as well as aid for stage productions - Une femme douce directed by Robert Wilson in 1989, Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project in 1995, La maladie de la mort directed by Robert Wilson in 1997, Le pavillon aux pivoines directed by Chen Shi-Zheng in 1999 and installations in the Chapelle de la Salpétrière by artists such as Anselm Kiefer (Le bris des vases, 2000) and Jenny Holzer (Je lis ta peau, 2001).
Pierre Bergé supported the entirety of the program dedicated to Michel Foucault in the 33rd Autumn Festival in 2004.
In 2010, the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent became Grand Patron of the Festival d'Automne à Paris.