Patronage


The Fondation Gandur pour l’Art has put in place a sponsorship programme destined to provide financial support to various restoration and preservation projects that have a link with our collections.

Examples include the Franco-Swiss archaeological mission to Saqqara (Egypt), the "Bosporus research" pole at Kerch (Crimea, Ukraine), and the funding of a UNESCO Chair in International Law for the Protection of Cultural Heritage at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

In order to apply, institutions interested in benefiting from this program  will be required to submit a complete dossier, including a description of the project, its relevance, a financial budget, the team responsible for the project and their areas of expertise, as well as a mention of any funding already acquired or requested. Applications should also specify the number of years over which the project is expected to last, and, if applicable, the foreseen solutions to ensure that they are sustainable.

Once the grant has been awarded, the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art reserves the right to suspend or cancel the payment of the grant if the heritage restoration or preservation activities have not been carried out within the stated timeframe, or if the facts provided in the application are no longer met (for instance, in the case of a change in the political situation, a change of project manager, a war and so on).


2017 – Amis des Musées de la Ville de Rouen (Friends of the Museums of the City of Rouen), France

Funding enabling the acquisition of a royal tea service

The Foundation played an important role in the acquisition of a tea service, produced by the Manufacture royale de Sèvres and given as a present by King Louis-Philippe to the Queen Marie-Amélie in 1837.


2017 – University of Geneva, Switzerland

UNESCO Chair in International Law for the Protection of Cultural Heritage

The UNESCO Chair in International Law for the Protection of Cultural Heritage was created in 2012 because of its innovative, international and multidisciplinary nature.


2017 – Art Brut Collection, Lausanne

Publication of Jean Dubuffet’s photographic albums

Funding for the publication of photographic reproductions in the form of fourteen photographic albums and an additional booklet featuring essays by a number of Art Brut specialists.


2017 – Fondation MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland

Funding enabling the acquisition of a collection of conceptual and minimalist art works

The Foundation participated in the fundraising campaign aimed at enabling MAMCO to acquire the Appartment. This restitution of the residence of art agent Ghislain Mollet-Viéville made up of an ensemble of twenty-five minimalist and conceptual artworks, which the museum has exhibited since its opening, in a domestic-type environment.


2017 – Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève, Switzerland

Preservation of the archives of the Théâtre des Marionnettes de Genève

The project supported by the Foundation was aimed at safeguarding the audio and video archives of old shows in order to keep a record and strengthen access to them.


2017 – University of Geneva, Switzerland

Exhibition of the Roman sarcophagus of Hercules

Prior to its forthcoming return to the Musée archéologique d'Antalya, this sarcophagus was exhibited in Geneva in order to showcase to the public the damage and risks involved in archaeological excavation work, and on the importance of international collaboration in order to combat the illegal trafficking of cultural goods.


(2016-2019) – Support to the archaeological mission in the tomb of Neferhotep in Deir El-Medineh

Cheops Archaeology Fund

Since 2016, the Foundation has supported projects led by the Cheops Archaeology Fund which contributes to the safeguarding and conservation of heritage in Egypt. It thus supports the archaeological mission to the tomb of Neferhotep in Deir El-Medineh and the restoration of the mummiform coffin of the "Lady Iroubatetoudjaentchaou" dating from the XXIIIrd dynasty.


(2016-2017) – Library Of Ukrainian Art, Kiev, Ukraine

Library of Ukrainian Art

The aim of this funding programme is to enable the Library of Ukrainian Art to carry out its online bookshop project in order to collect, publish and promote everything related to Ukrainian artists and Ukrainian art, from the dawn of time until today.


(2015- ) – Department of Egyptology at the Faculty of Letters, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Franco-Swiss archaeological mission to Saqqara (Egypt)

Benefitting from the support of the FGA since the academic year 2015-2016 and for a period of 5 years, this Mission aims to deepen and improve the research and study of The Pyramid Texts, the oldest preserved collection of religious texts in the history of humanity.

In 1987, then in 2012, the Mission decided to extend its action and to undertake the excavation of the pyramid complexes of the royal family around the pyramid of Pépy 1st.


(2014-2017) – Luxor (Western bank of the Nile), Egypt

Memnon Colosseum and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project

From 2014 to 2017, the Foundation supported the conservation project led by Egyptologist Hourig Sourouzian, whose aim is to preserve the last vestiges of the Amenhotep III Temple and in the conservation of the Colossi of Memnon so that the latter can be seen in their original condition.


2014 – Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva, Switzerland

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

This orchestra bears the Foundation of being one of the world’s fifteen oldest, active orchestras. FGA funding enabled the improvement of the orchestra’s artistic quality, contributing to a collection allowing the acquisition, maintenance and conservation of musical instruments.


2014 – Hôpital Suisse de Paris, France

Solar panels

Funding for the artistic intervention of visual artist Catherine Bolle (from the canton of Vaud) at the Hôpital Suisse (Swiss Hospital) in Paris with the aim of strengthening the Swiss identity and the anchoring of the institution.


2013 – Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

The treasure of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice d'Agaune

The Foundation supported the exhibition organised by the Louvre du Trésor Museum, consisting of nineteen medieval goldsmith's pieces belonging to the Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d’Agaune, Switzerland, the oldest monastery in the West, and home to an exceptional treasure in terms of the quality of the artworks, their provenance and the longevity of their history.


2013 – Le Louvre, Paris

Funding enabling the acquisition of « La Synagogue » and « Saint Jean »

In 2013, the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art supported the fundraising campaign launched by the Louvre Museum for the acquisition of two statuettes from an ivory Descente de Croix, representing the Saint Jean and La Synagogue, dating from 1260-1280.


2012 – Le Louvre, Paris

Support to the "Treasures of Cairo" fundraising campaign

In 2012, the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art contributed to the fundraising campaign "Treasures of Cairo" and more particularly to the restoration of the 15th century "Mamlouk Porch" in the collection of the Louvre Museum and subsequently exhibited in the new spaces dedicated to the Arts of Islam.


(2011-2017) – Institute of Archaeology and Ancient Sciences, UNIL University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Bosporan Studies Research Centre

The Foundation supports archaeological research work whose aim is to discover the Greco-Roman heritage of the kingdom of the Cimmerian Bosporus, which has become difficult to access due to the tensions linked to the situation in the region.


2011 – Le Louvre, France

Funding enabling the acquisition of Lucas Cranach's painting "The Three Graces"

In 2011, the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art participated in the public subscription launched by the Louvre Museum with the aim of acquiring the painting Les Trois Grâces by Lucas Cranach the Elder, painted on a small wood panel in 1531.


2009 - University of Geneva, Switzerland

First archaeological campaign of the University of Geneva in Hou (Egypt)

Jean Claude Gandur, President of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, supported this campaign before the creation of the Foundation, which today supports the Franco-Swiss Saqqara Mission also conducted under the aegis of the University of Geneva in partnership with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Université Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV.