The Luma Foundation was established by Maja Hoffmann in Switzerland in 2004. Luma focuses on the direct relationships between art, culture, human rights, environmental topics, education and research.
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 cultural centre 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 at sites throughout Arles. It has also overseen the transformation of the Parc des Ateliers, a 17-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 Arts Resource Centre designed by American architect Frank Gehry, which is scheduled to open in spring 2021.
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.
In September, Luma also produces a mini music festival in partnership with We Love Green.