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 commissions 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 2020, while an artistic programme is already presented all-year round in the refurbished former railway warehouses.
Under the guidance of Maja Hoffmann, the artistic and architectural programme for Luma in Arles has been developed by a ‘Core Group’ of international advisers comprised of curators, museum directors and artists: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf, Liam Gillick, Tom Eccles and Phillipe Parreno.
Executive Director of Luma Arles and President of the Luma Foundation, she has been engaged in the conceptualisation and development of institutions, programmes and initiatives focused on the production and appreciation of new art, documentary film, human rights, and the environment for nearly two decades.
Maja Hoffmann founded the Luma Foundation in 2004 as a vehicle for artistic experimentation, followed by Luma Arles, officially launched in 2013 and of which she is an active member of the Core Group.
She is a Tate Trustee and chairs its International Council, helped in the creation of Tate Modern 2 and the New Museum, New York, and is on the boards of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Fotomuseum Winthertur, the vice president of Basel’s Emanuel Hoffmann-Foundation, both in Switzerland.
She is also committed to the preservation of the environment and its natural resources through her work with MAVA Foundation, Tour du Valat Foundation, and to protecting individual rights through Human Rights Watch.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, and co-founder of 89plus. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions.
Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is a contributing editor to the magazines Artforum, AnOther Magazine, 032C, a regular contributor to Mousse, Kaleidoscope, Kinfolk, Numero and Hero, he also writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst.
In 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. In 2018, The Appraisers Association of America presented Obrist with an award for Excellence in the Arts.
Beatrix Ruf served as the Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from November 2014 to January 2018.
From September 2001 to October 2014 Ruf was Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Zürich, overseeing a substantial expansion project launched in 2003 and concluded in 2012.
Former occupations include: Curator at Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth from 1994-1998, and Director of the Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus from 1998-2001.
In 2006 Beatrix Ruf curated the third edition of the Tate Triennial in London, she was Co-Curator of the Yokohama Triennial in 2008. From 1995 to 2014 she has been the curator of the Ringier Collection. In 2013 she co-founded POOL, a postgraduate curatorial program in Zürich.
Ruf is a member of several Advisory and Programme Committees amongst others:
- Between Bridges Foundation, Berlin,
- the Istanbul Modern,
- Garage Moskow,
- MAXXI, Rome,
- the Samdani Foundation, Bangladesh,
- the Board of the Estate Mark Morrisroe,
- the Acquisition and Programming Committee of La Caixa, Barcelona.
Liam Gillick deploys multiple forms to expose the new ideological control systems that emerged at the beginning of the 1990s. Examining the aesthetics of the constructed world, Gillick’s work exposes the dysfunctional aspects of a modernist legacy in terms of abstraction and architecture when framed within a globalized, neo-liberal consensus.
Gillick’s work ranges from small books to large-scale architectural collaborations. His practice exists in a constant tension between his formally minimalistic works that reflect upon the language of renovated space and his critical approach through writing and the use of text. This approach is brought together in a continual testing of the conventions of the exhibition as form. In addition, he has produced a number of short films since the late 2000s, which address the construction of the creative persona in the light of the enduring mutability of the contemporary artist as a cultural figure.
Throughout this time Gillick has extended his practice into experimental venues and collaborative projects with artists including Philippe Parreno, Lawrence Weiner and Louise Lawler.
Tom Eccles is Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in the United States where he also oversees the exhibitions and programs of the Hessel Museum of Art (since 2005).
He was previously the Director of the Public Art Fund in New York City (1995-2005).
Eccles has been a curator for the Park Avenue Armory since 2007 and has organized numerous public projects, exhibitions and talks programs within the United States and internationally.
Philippe Parreno is a French artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Paris.
Parreno radically redefined the exhibition experience by taking it as a medium, placing its construction at the heart of his process. Exploring the possibilities of the exhibition as a coherent "object" rather than as a collection of individual works, it becomes a veritable open space, a format that differs on each occasion, and a frame for things to appear and disappear. To this end, he conceives his shows as a scripted space where a series of events unfolds. The visitor is guided through the galleries by the orchestration of sound and image, which heightens their sensory experience. This is a question of creating, in a given volume, as much space and time as possible by folding and unfolding the space onto itself.
In 2016 Parreno presented the Hyundai Commission in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. He was the first artist to take over the entire gallery space at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris with his exhibition Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World (2013) which opened in October 2013.
Frank O. Gehry is one of the most influential architects working today, with far-ranging experience in cultural and educational buildings.
His groundbreaking work includes notable cultural projects such as:
- the New World Symphony Concert Hall in Miami, Florida;
- the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York;
- Signature Theatre, New York City;
- the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao;
- the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Millennium Park, Chicago;
- the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
He has also completed design work on the Foundation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris, France (opened 2014) and on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (in development), in addition to designing the masterplan for Luma Arles and the center piece of its campus—the Arts Resource Center.
His notable education buildings include:
- the Loyola University Law School,
- the Yale Psychiatric Institute,
- the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University,
- the Stata Center at MIT,
- the Lewis Library at Princeton University.
His work has earned many of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1989), architecture’s most important award, the Wolf Prize from the Wolf Foundation (1992), and the Praemium Imperiale Award by the Japan Art Association (1992).
He has also received the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Biennale (2008).
Frank Gehry is the founder of Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners, LLP, a full service architectural firm with extensive experience in the design and construction of academic, museum, theatre, performance, and commercial projects around the world; and, Gehry Technologies, a software and services firm whose mission is to leverage technology to make better buildings for less money.
He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
“During my first visit to the Luma Arles site I understood immediately the power of the site and its 19th century buildings for the proposed program.
The 7-ha site with its complex of buildings from when it served as a railway manufacturing factory, was lowered significantly relative to the Avenue Victor Hugo leading to it from the historic centre of Arles. It made perfect sense thus to propose a new type of cultural centre here, on one hand using the old manufacturing structures for all kinds of different uses—exhibition, workshops, research etc. and on the other hand anchoring the site with the new building by Frank Gehry. The site thus becomes a park where discovery is possible.
Given the ambitious and creative programming of Luma we knew first and foremost that the spaces had to be flexible to accommodate works of various scale and mediums. The existing railroad sheds with their tall ceilings and linear structure had great potential for being re-used in different ways.
We began by assessing the state of the existing buildings to evaluate what aspects could be restored or renovated, and which required a new intervention. An earlier fire had damaged much of the roof area of both the Forges and the Mécanique buildings so we have proposed a new flat cast tile that is a subtle nod to the original roman clay tiles. The interior exposed steel columns, brackets and trusses have all been preserved and restored.
Skylights have been added and up to date gallery lighting installed. To capture the magnificent quality of light in Southern France is vital and we knew it needed to be modulated and controlled so as to enhance the experience of being in the refurbished buildings.
Significant attention has been paid to making the buildings sustainable by utilizing practical strategies including natural ventilation and a radiant heating and cooling system. Careful attention to the choice of simple materials allows the spaces to remain intact and quietly authentic.
With every space in the complex we seek to create a balance allowing the 19th century industrial vocabulary to coexist simply with contemporary purpose, all the while creating well-proportioned spaces with controllable natural light and clear circulation.”
- Annabelle Selldorf, Principal Selldorf Architects
Bas Smets has backgrounds in landscape architecture, civil engineering and architecture. Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, his projects reveal an unseen, exemplary landscape. These projects vary in scale from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from large parks to private gardens, from city centres to film sets.
He founded his office in Brussels in 2007 and is active in ten countries.
His constructed projects include:
- the transformation of the historical gardens of Chateau Padiès in France’s Tarn region;
- the town centre renewal of Ingelmunster in Flanders;
- the black landscapes for Philippe Parreno’s film Continuously Habitable Zones.
A number of his large parks are under construction:
- the Tour & Taxis park in Brussels;
- the New South project in Antwerp;
- the Estonian National Museum park in Tartu.
He received a Master’s degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven and a postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture from the University of Geneva.
He regularly lectures at international institutions, such as the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris.
In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects ‘Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes’.
Adnane El Arbouchi
Faustin Del Testa
Frédérique de Saint-Seine
Marianne Dos Reis
The Luma Arles residency is a program of the Luma Foundation developed within the framework of the creative, production and research center currently under construction in the city of Arles, located in the Camargue region in the South of France.
Established in 2016, the residency program welcomes internationally renowned artists, thinkers, researchers, writers, curators and other practitioners, to undertake research and develop specific projects related to their artistic practice. The residents are welcomed year long, and upon invitation.
This residency program is gradually developing in an ancient city with a strong identity whose territory is marked by a strong natural and historical heritage and a concentration of unique cultural activities for a city of average size. It is fully integrated into the Parc des Ateliers program, and is enriched by the diverse fields of research in which it operates: contemporary production, the environment, hospitality and education.
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Kiluanji Kia Henda: artist (spring 2019) Frieze Artist Award 2017
Born in Luanda, Angola in 1979. He lives and works between Luanda and Lisbon.
Kiluanji Kia Henda questions, not without humour, the colonial past of his native country, the history of the African diaspora in Europe and today’s migration tragedy. He confronts notions of identity, modernity and political engagement in his artistic practice.
Mohamed Bourouissa: artist (winter 2018 - spring 2019)
Born in Blida, Algeria in 1978. He lives and works in Paris.
Mohamed Bourouissa’s videos, sculptures, photographs and installations have often taken the margins of our society as a starting point. Since his debut, he has been creating a range of hyper-contemporary portraits that try to escape the sociocultural stereotypes of our times, thanks to a collaborative and exchange-driven practice that is constantly renewed.
Yuri Pattison: artist (fall / winter 2018/19) Frieze Artist Award 2016
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1986. He lives and works in London.
Yuri Pattison uses digital technologies, video and sculpture to conduct extensive research on the social and political ramifications of accelerated technology development and visual density in the digital age.
Florentina Holzinger: dancer and choreographer: (fall 2018 and spring 2019)
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1986. She lives and works between Vienna and Amsterdam.
Florentina Holzinger’s dance pieces are driven by the notion of transgression that is at once identitarian, sexual and physical. Drawing inspiration as much from Viennese Actionnism, body art and bodybuilding as from classical ballet, cabaret and even circus, she deconstructs, performance after performance, our very vision of femininity.
Paul B. Preciado
Paul B. Preciado: philosopher, writer, curator (January - May 2018)
Born in Burgos, Spain in 1970. He lives and works between Paris and Barcelona.
Paul B. Preciado is a writer, a curator and an internationally recognized figure in the field of the philosophy of the body and the study of gender and sexual politics. His first book, Counter-sexual Manifesto, became a key reference for queer and transfeminist European activism. He is the author of Testo Junkie. Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics and Pornotopia. He recently published An Apartment in Uranus, a collection of his articles for the French daily newspaper Libération since 2013.
Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou
Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou: curators (October 2017 - March 2018)
Respectively born in 1989 and 1988, both in Toulouse, France. They live and work in Paris.
Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou are a curator duo based in Paris. In May 2018, they curated the Cruising Pavilion on the occasion of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, interrogating the relationship between dissident sexualities practices and architecture. A second iteration of the curatorial project was exhibited at Ludlow 38 in New York in February 2019 and the third and last edition will take place at ArkDes in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2019’s fall.
In September 2018, they were the curators of a group exhibition on neo-liberal baroque at Converso (Milan). They regularly collaborate on the writing of various publications including for the magazine Flash Art and L'Officiel Art.
Annie Godfrey Larmon
Annie Godfrey Larmon: art critic, writer and curator (October - December 2017)
She lives and works in New York.
Annie Godfrey Larmon is a regular contributor to the American magazine Artforum and is currently working on a book about the artists Beverly Pepper and Mary Reid Kelley as well as writing her first novel.
Anna Colin: curator (October - December 2016)
She lives and works in London.
Anna Colin co-directs the Open East School in Margate (England), a space dedicated to artistic development and the exchange of knowledge and savoir-faire between different communities – both artistic and local. She is also an associate curator at the Lafayette Foundation in Paris.
Peio Aguirre: art critic, curator (September - December 2016)
Born in Elorrio, Spain in 1972. He lives and works in San Sebastian.
Peio Aguirre regularly contributes to Frieze magazine. As an independent curator, he is in charge of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 2019 with artists Itziar Okariz and Sergio Prego.
Ahmet Öğüt: artist (fall 2016)
Born in Silvan, Diyarbkir, Turkey in 1981. He lives and works between Amsterdam and Berlin.
Ahmet Öğüt is constantly seeking to create works that address complex social issues (immigration, demographic problems, the impact of economic activity on everyday life and workers’ re-appropriation of working tools) - with a sense of humour that highlights rather than masks the gravity of their subject.