Five foundations join forces

Contemporary art group will commission new works

PARIS. Five private European contemporary art foundations have joined forces to launch a new organisation—Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe (Face). The foundations involved—Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin); DESTE (Athens); Ellipse (Cascais, Portugal); La Maison Rouge (Paris) and Magasin 3 (Stockholm)—aim to collaborate on commissioning new works, producing joint publicity material and establishing a joint loans programme.

The main priority of the new association is to commission one work annually. “Each year, the foundation will propose four artists from which we’ll choose one by a majority vote to make a single piece,” says Ms Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

“The cost is not the issue. This is a joint enterprise so the budget will be set every year,” says Francesco Bonami, curator of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation. The first commission is set to be revealed later this year. Each foundation will take possession of the work in turn or multiple editions will be produced for each of the collections. “Our aim is to encompass at least ten foundations because I would eventually like to produce more than one piece a year,” said Ms Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

The Maison Rouge, which was founded by the dealer Antoine de Galbert in 2004, is primarily a centre for temporary exhibitions and does not have its own collection. The foundation has yet to decide

if it will now start its own collection or sell the works produced through Face. David Neuman, director of Magasin 3, said his aim was to focus

on exchanging works: “Between us, we perhaps own over 5,000 pieces that we can lend each other.”

The initiative is the latest example of the growing influence of private collectors and foundations who are increasingly choosing to exert their own curatorial control over their commissions and collections instead of collaborating with public institutions.

Roxana Azimi

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