In every era, without the intervention of patrons in one form or another, few artists would have seen their work passed down to us over the centuries. François Schneider intends to play his part in this tradition by means of a project in tune with his own era, with the aim of helping contemporary artists who require support today, so that they can perhaps achieve recognition tomorrow.
“Contemporary art sometimes seems to be guided, even shaped, by the media buzz it generates. Far away from the “showbiz” world which often gravitates around contemporary art, we will devote our energy and our resources to enabling new talents to make a name for themselves.
Our first ambition consists of introducing the talents of unknown creative artists to a wider audience. We are able to bring legitimacy to the artists we select by giving them an important endorsement, through the recognition of our panel of judges composed of experts of worldwide renown. The rigour and independence of their deliberations gives their endorsement its value. Furthermore, the attention that we devote to showcasing the works, to the presentation of our exhibitions and to our communication in all its forms should ensure that we play a useful role in the art world.
Our second objective is to bring the public closer to contemporary art. Choosing a single theme for our art centre simplifies the task of conveying new emotions and perceptions to our contemporaries, particularly to the youngest visitors. Water, the subject common to all the works exhibited, will provide the thread that guides our visitors, helping them to understand the diversity of perspectives on the world around us, the rich palette of sensibilities that make up that world, and the infinite register of imagination brought to bear by artists of every origin and culture. If, in addition, our work also gains a measure of renown, then we will consider that our objectives have been attained, far beyond our expectations.”
At the instigation of its founder, the Foundation works autonomously to foster the emergence of new talents through two distinct programmes: At the instigation of its founder, the Foundation works autonomously to foster the emergence of new talents through two distinct programmes: