The LUMA Foundation was established in 2004 by Maja Hoffmann to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary, and multimedia. The foundation supports and produces artistic projects combining a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture in the broadest sense.
The LUMA Foundation and LUMA Arles, founded in 2014 in support of the Arles project, are currently developing an experimental cultural center in the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, France, working with a core group of artistic consultants (Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf) and the architects Frank Gehry and Annabelle Selldorf. This ambitious project envisions an interdisciplinary center 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 main building on campus is scheduled for 2018, while an artistic programme is already presented every summer in the refurbished former railway warehouses.
Recent projects produced by the LUMA Foundation for LUMA Arles : « Imponderable : Archives by Tony Oursler » (2015) ; « Frank Gehry : Solaris Chronicles » (2014) ; « Wolfgang Tillmans : Neue Welt » (2013) ; « Vers la lune en passant par la plage » (2012); « Doug Aitken, Altered Earth » (2012) ; « How Soon is Now » (2010) and symposia « How Institutions Think » (2016); « La Crue des Droits » (2013) et « The Human Snapshot » (2011).