The Luma Foundation’s anticipated creative campus in the historic French city of Arles is ready for its grand launch. The complex will open its doors to the public tomorrow, June 26, 2021, and features a stunning central tower designed by Frank Gehry.
Located in the Parc des Ateliers, the 27-acre campus is the brainchild of Swiss art pioneer Maja Hoffmann, who founded the Loma Foundation in 2004. Since then, she has run a network of creative projects in the city, collaborating with Roll Call of Creative Personalities Famous – like artist Jorge Pardo in the hotel and artists’ residence Larlatan, for example, and Selldorf Architects in converting four of the campus’s former railway factories into art spaces. Tom Eccles, William Gillick, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parrino and Beatrix Ruff have been named as consultants for the project, which has been ongoing since 2008. The work of more than 100 artists and innovators has already been on display across the city throughout the year. last decade, but this summer marks the official opening of the campus.
Loma Arles’ indisputable centerpiece of architecture – the twisting, geometric Gehry Tower – is finished with 11,000 stainless steel panels, and boasts the American architect’s unique vision of creating otherworldly gravity-defying structures. The 15,000 square meter space will be home to the foundation’s galleries, project spaces, research and archive facilities, along with workshops and seminar halls. Jerry quotes Van Gogh Starry nightThe “high rock clusters you find in the area” and the “plan of the Roman amphitheater” served as inspiration for the building’s design. Landscape architect Bas Smits landscaped the surrounding gardens and public park.
Arles has long been a cultural hotspot. It’s a haven for painters chasing the Provençal sunlight in fields of lavender, sunflowers and the Côte d’Azur, while the city’s summer photography festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, brings in more than 100,000 visitors in a typical year. The Hoffman campus promises to attract a new and global audience, with Loma Arles set to be a collaborative space for “the artists and innovators of the future.” “There is one driving metaphor for Loma at Parc des Ateliers: it is a living organism,” says Hoffman. ‘As such the balance between form and function determines its viability. It is about composing a polyphonic piece of music where everything is structured, but where everything is possible.’
The opening program will include works by 45 artists and designers and special new commissions for Luma by international artists such as Etel Adnan, Olafur Eliasson, Ko Jeong-a, Kapwani Kiwanga, Hélène Martin, Pierre Huyghe, Carsten Höller, Philippe Parreno and Rirkrit Tiravanija. . . .
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