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).

2017-2026 – University of Geneva, 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.

2015-2025 – University of Geneva, 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.


Cheops Archaeology Fund

Since 2016, the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art has supported projects led by the Fonds Khéops pour l’Archéologie, which contributes to the safeguarding and conservation of Egyptian heritage. It supports the archaeological mission at the tomb of Neferhotep in Deir El-Medineh (near Luxor), which carries out conservation and restoration work, epigraphic surveys, as well as 3D models of the tomb.

2021-2023 - National Institute of Art History (INHA), Paris, France

Support for the repertorial project of antique sales in France during the 19th century

Originating from auction sales of antique works in the 19th century, the aim of repertorial project is to analyse the biography (origin, path, price evolution) and the reception of antique objects (vases, statues, statuettes, wall paintings, etc.). It also examines the way archaeological collections were put together in France and abroad, what were the activities of large and small collectors, as well as those of institutions, dealers, and intermediaries.

2021-2023 – University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Support for the teaching of Egyptology at the University of Fribourg

This support from the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art has the objective to provide historians, archaeologists and philologists, as well as interested students from other disciplines, with an introduction to the history of the true cradle of our civilization.

Past patronage