Fondation


Curators

The curators oversee the collections. Experts in their respective fields, they also act as curators for off-site exhibitions.

Dr Robert Steven Bianchi

Chief Curator
Curator Archaeology Collection

Dr. Robert Steven Bianchi, a recipient of several post-doctoral fellowships, served as a curator in museums in the States, Europe, and the Middle East, has excavated for 17 seasons, and has taught as adjunct professor. To date he has published 94 books, 370 journal articles and book reviews, and has appeared in 81 telecasts. As a critical art historian with a specialization in Ptolemaic Egypt, he continues to explore intercultural artistic connections between Egypt, Greece, and Rome. He was appointed chief curator of the Foundation in 2012 and has since curated several major exhibitions of its collections in France and Japan.

Dr Isabelle Tassignon

Curator
Archaeology and Ethnology Collections

Isabelle Tassignon joined the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art in 2015. Born in Soignies (Belgium) in 1964, she holds a PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology from the University of Liège and a degree in History of Religions from the same university. Since 2005, she is lecturer lectured at the University of Namur (Belgium), where she teaches the iconology of Antiquity. As a former foreign member of the French School of Archaeology at Athens, she continues her field activities at the site of Amathus (Cyprus) and contributes to the publication of the excavations of its palace. What’s more, the "Master of the Lions" - the monstrous dwarf-sized god of Amathus - no longer holds any secrets for her, since she has published several works on this inexhaustible subject. In addition to her new interests in ethnology and the call of the sea, she still pursues her earlier passions, Dionysus and the gods of Roman Anatolia. She is currently preparing the publication of the classical collections held by the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art.

Yan Schubert

Curator
Fine Arts Collection

Yan Schubert studied Humanities and then International Relations in Geneva, Berlin and Paris. He taught at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne (2003-2011), before becoming a research associate at HEAD-Genève (2012-2015). Since joining the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art in 2011, he has notably been responsible for a project at EPFL (construction of a museum space and exhibition on Pierre Soulages) and has contributed to the publication of a catalogue on narrative figuration. The author of scientific and popular articles on cultural history and heritage, he is also involved in several editorial and association committees.

Dr Fabienne Fravalo

Curator
Decorative Arts Collection

Born in Nantes (France) in 1980, Fabienne Fravalo jointly studied Literature and Art History at the Sorbonne and at the École du Louvre. A specialist in the history and criticism of the decorative arts, she presented her doctoral thesis at the University of Neuchâtel on the journal Art et Décoration (1897-1914), which was awarded the 2016 Musée d'Orsay Prize. A researcher at INHA (Paris), she has also taught at the Jean Moulin-Lyon III University. She joined the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art in 2015.

Staff

The Fondation is made up of a close-knit team, responsible for overseeing and managing the artworks that make up its collections thanks to an active and dynamic communication. A specialized service is entrusted with the maintenance, storage and transportation of the artworks for various events and exhibitions around the globe.

Jacques Besson

Registrar

Adeline Lafontaine

Assistant curator Fine Arts Collection

Lara Broillet

Administrative Assistant

Sylvain Rochat

Loans Coordinator

Aïda Falquet

Acquisitions Coordinator

Gilles Humbel

IT Manager