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I'm also interested in creating a lasting legacy for collectors because bronze will last for thousands of years so I'm not really selling the art to this particular collector but it is being passed on. Richard MacDonald
Fashion Houses and their Foundations
The Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent is the accomplishment of forty years of creation. It retraces the history of fashion as created by Yves Saint Laurent, fashion that reveals the inner workings of society. By making use of masculine codes, he brought women self-assurance, audacity and power, whilst preserving their feminity. These clothes are part of the 20th century history. They have accompanied women's emancipation in every domain, be it personal, social or political. The Foundation transforms these memories into projects. After substantial renovation work, the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent re-opened its doors in 2004 with the exhibition: Yves Saint Laurent, dialogue with Art. The Foundation has set itself three primary goals: To conserve the 5,000 Haute Couture garments and 15,000 Haute Couture accessories as well as more than 50,000 drawings and assorted objects that bear witness to 40 years of Yves Saint Laurent's creativity. To organize exhibitions: fashion, paintings, photographs, drawings. To support cultural and educational projects.
For the last two decades, Fondazione Prada’s activities have analyzed intentions and relevance through an evolution of projects. These have included ‘Utopian’ monographic artist commissions, contemporary philosophy conferences, research exhibitions and initiatives related to the field of cinema. With the opening of a permanent cultural complex in Milan, the Fondazione offers new opportunities to enlarge and enrich our processes of learning. Art is the Fondazione’s main and given instrument of working and learning. A territory of freethinking in which established, indelible figures– as well as emerging approaches– are welcomed. The Prada Collection, comprising mostly of works from the 20th and 21st centuries, is another one of our given instruments. Our collection is conceived as a resource of perspectives and of potential energy.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports people and organisations seeking to learn, perfect, transmit and celebrate the skills and creativity that shape and inspire our lives today, and into the future. Guided by our central focus on artisan expertise and creative artistry in the context of society’s changing needs, the Foundation’s activities explore two complementary avenues: know-how and creativity, know-how and the transmission of skills. The Foundation supports partner organisations across the globe. At the same time, we develop and administer our own projects in the contemporary visual arts (exhibitions and artists’ residencies), the performing arts (the New Settings programme), design (the Prix Émile Hermès international design award), craftsmanship (the Skills Academy), and biodiversity. The Foundation’s unique mix of programmes and support is rooted in a single, underlying belief: Our gestures define us.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation ("Fondation Louis-Vuitton pour la création"), started in 2006, is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH and its subsidiaries but run as a legally separate, nonprofit entity as part of its promotion of art and culture. The museum in Paris has recently been completed and it opened in October 2014. The new building was designed by the architect Frank Gehry, and is adjacent to the Jardin d'Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Highlights of the LVMH collection includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George and Jeff Koons.
The Giulia Maramotti Foundation was named after the mother of Achille Maramotti, who was awarded the Title Of Knight by The Order of Merit for Labour. The Foundation was established in 1994 with the aim of supporting, promoting and managing projects for young people in the education, training and cultural education sectors. Most of these initiatives are characterised by the will to transfer to new generations the technical and professional know-how of the fashion sector and to develop innovative methods for the application of creativity to fashion design. More than 500 youngsters have been involved in these activities and have found work in companies in the fashion sector operating in Emilia Romagna. At the same time, the Foundation has always supported and still supports cultural initiatives such as seminars, publications, study activities, research and exhibitions, and at the beginning of 2008 it also created the "Giulia Maramotti" infant-toddler centre.
Initiated in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, President of Cartier International at the time, on a suggestion by the artist César, and directed by Hervé Chandès, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is a unique example of corporate philanthropy in France. Since moving to Paris in 1994, the Fondation Cartier has been housed in an airy building filled with light that was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. In this unique setting, exhibitions, conferences and artistic productions come to life. At once a creative space for artists and a place where art and the general public can meet, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of contemporary art. Each year, the Fondation Cartier organizes a program of exhibitions based on either individual artists or themes, and commissions work from artists, thus enriching an important collection. It also organizes the Nomadic Nights, a rendezvous that focuses on the performing arts, where artists explore links between the visual arts and other forms of contemporary artistic expression. Exhibitions and the collection itself are frequently sent to institutions abroad, enhancing the Fondation Cartier’s international profile.