Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, decided on April 4, 2011, the promotion list in the Order of Arts and Letters of spring 2011. Among the 265 foreign personalities, of 64 different nationalities, are 22 commanders, 48 officers and 195 knights.

The 2011 Spring Class includes the rank of :

Commanders (non-exhaustive list):

  • Julie Andrews, Actress and singer (United Kingdom)
  • Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor and pianist (United States of America)
  • Michael Douglas , Actor and Producer (United States of America)
  • Anish Kapoor, Visual Artist (United Kingdom)
  • Anselm Kiefer, Painter (Germany)
  • Mohammed Qotbi, Painter (Morocco)
  • Ridley Scott, Film Director (UK)
  • Anne-Sofie von Otter, Lyric Artist (Sweden)
  • Yohji Yamamoto, Stylist (Japan)

Officers (non-exhaustive list):

  • Russell Banks, Writer (United States of America)
  • Robert Carsen, Opera Director (Canada)
  • Gad Elmaleh, Comedian, comedian and author (Canada)
  • Brian Ferry, Author, composer, performer (United Kingdom)
  • Maurane, Author, composer, performer (Belgium)
  • Peter Knapp, Photographer, graphic designer, painter, editor (Switzerland)
  • Raoul Peck, Director, screenwriter and producer (Haiti)
  • Tim Robbins, Producer and Director (United States of America)
  • Grzegorz Rosinski, Cartoonist (Poland)
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Director (Thailand)

Knights: (non-exhaustive list):

  • Arturo Brachetti, Transformist (Italy)
  • Louise Cox, Architect (Australia)
  • François Damiens, Comedian, Humorist (Belgium)
  • Dimitris Dimitriadis, Writer (Greece)
  • Lourdes Espinola Wiezell, Writer (Paraguay)
  • Christian Hecq, Actor, resident of the Comédie-Française (Belgium)
  • Jonas Kaufmann, Lyric singer (Germany)
  • Kongdeuane Nettavong, Curator and Director of the National Library of Laos (Laos)
  • Slimane Raïs, visual artist (Algeria)
  • Inès Sastre, Actress and model (Spain)