The Luma Foundation was established by Maja Hoffmann in Switzerland in 2004. Luma focuses on the direct relations between art, culture, human rights, environmental topics, education and research.
“There is one driving-metaphor for Luma Arles: that of a living organism. As such the balance between form and function will determine its viability. The trick is to compose a polyphonic score where everything is ordered, but where everything is possible”.
Maja Hoffmann, July 2010
The Luma Foundation's current focus is to create a truly experimental cultural complex in Arles (South of France), developed with Luma Arles.
Luma Arles is a creative campus dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to experiment in the production and presentation of new work in close collaboration with other artists, curators, scientists, innovators and audiences.
Since its inception in 2013, Luma has commissioned and presented the work of more than 100 artists, thinkers, and innovators, in different places of Arles. It has also overseen the transformation of the Parc des Ateliers, a 27-acre former industrial site in Arles, which is situated adjacent to the city’s celebrated UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Luma Arles encompasses six historic, large-scale industrial buildings, five of which have been revitalised by American architect Annabelle Selldorf for presentations, installations, exhibitions, and artists’ residences.
The centrepiece of Luma Arles is the Tower designed by American architect Frank Gehry, which is scheduled to open on June 26th.
The surrounding gardens and public park designed by Belgium landscape architect Bas Smets will be developed in two phases, with the first phase completed in spring 2020 and the second phase due for completion in spring 2021.
Every summer, the international festival of Photography the Rencontres d'Arles and the World Music festival Les Suds are invited to join the programme of exhibitions and events presented at Luma’s Parc des Ateliers.