In 2004, Maja Hoffmann created the LUMA Foundation to support the activities of artists,
independent pioneers, and organizations working in the visual arts, photography, publishing,
documentary filmmaking, and multimedia. Originally based in Switzerland and envisioned as a production tool for Hoffmann’s multifaceted ventures, the LUMA Foundation produces,
supports, and enables challenging art projects committed to an expansive understanding of
environmental issues, human rights, education, and culture.
In 2013, Hoffmann launched LUMA Arles to plan, develop, and manage the Parc des Ateliers, an expansive former industrial site located in Arles, France. Situated adjacent to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Parc des Ateliers serves as the major programmatic and cultural center for LUMA Foundation’s diverse activities.
LUMA Arles is an experimental contemporary art center where artists, researchers, and creators from diverse fields collaborate on multidisciplinary exhibitions and projects. Based in the Parc des Ateliers—a sixteen-acre site formerly occupied by railroad workshops built in the mid-nineteenth century—LUMA Arles includes a resource center designed by architect Frank Gehry; various industrial buildings undergoing rehabilitation by Selldorf Architects; and a public park designed by landscape architect Bas Smets.
The Parc des Ateliers has regularly hosted exhibitions and projects each year, while continuing to rehabilitate and make available to the public a growing number of large exhibition and programming spaces. In anticipation of its completion, the site’s main building, designed by Gehry, will be opened in stages, beginning in late 2018. Throughout the rehabilitation and expansion of the Parc des Ateliers, Hoffmann has worked closely with the LUMA Arles Core Group (Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, and Beatrix Ruf), who present a program that fills the site’s completed venues —the Grande Halle, Les Forges, and the Mécanique Générale—on a rotating basis.
Recent projects produced by the LUMA Foundation for LUMA Arles at Parc des Ateliers in Arles include: Systematically Open: New Forms for Contemporary Image Production (2016); Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (2015); Frank Gehry: Solaris Chronicles (2014); Wolfgang Tillmans: Neue Welt (2013); To the Moon via the Beach (2012); Doug Aitken: Altered Earth (2012); How Soon is Now (2010) and the symposia How Institutions Think (2016); The Flood of Rights (2013) and The Human Snapshot (2011).