Established in 2004 by art collector Maja Hoffmann, the foundation is a non-profit organization that is based out of Zurich, Switzerland.
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LUMA Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2004 that is based out of Zurich, Switzerland. It supports the activities of independent contemporary artists and other pioneers working in the fields of art, photography, publishing, documentary and multimedia.
Established by Maja Hoffmann, the foundation promotes artistic projects combining a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.
The LUMA Foundation and LUMA Arles, the executive entity founded in 2014 in support of the project in Arles, are currently developing an experimental cultural centre in the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, France, working with a core group of artistic advisors and the architects Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf and landscape architect Bas Smets. This ambitious project envisions an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to the production of exhibitions and ideas, research, education, and archives and is supported by a growing number of public and private partnerships.
Construction started after the ground-breaking ceremony in April 2014; the opening of the campus is scheduled for early 2018.
The foundation is supporting POOL, an innovative program that combines the collaboration of an international group of private collectors with a mentor-based training programme for art curators. The programme has been conceived by Beatrix Ruf, in collaboration with the founding collectors Maja Hoffmann and Michael Ringier.
A Stage for Architecture and Art, exhibition view at LUMA Westbau, Zurich. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
Installation view at LUMA Westbau including William Leavitt, Suburbot Set, 2014. Photo: Stefan Altenburger