In this blog post I will explain some general information regarding art and fashion foundations, and also highlight some differences between them.
There are several art and fashion foundations throughout the world, and some of the most well-known are located here in Paris. This includes Fondation Louis Vuitton and Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent.
The foundations are build up on the basis of their main objectives. These objectives may differ from one foundation to another and it is also the main factor that differences them from the traditional museums as we know it.
The two foundations that I mentioned earlier are good examples of this. They both want to support and promote creation, cultural and educational projects, but they also differ in having other main goals. Fondation Louis Vuitton wishes, among other things, to “Move and surprise the public by exhibiting artists' work in an innovative building, a model of emblematic architecture designed by Frank Gehry”, while one of Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent main goals is to “ Conserve the 5,000 Haute Couture garments and 15,000 Haute Couture accessories as well as thousands of sketches, collection boards, photographs, and objects that bear witness to 40 years of Yves Saint Laurent's creativity”.
Their objectives decides how the exhibition is set up, what it mainly focuses on and how they want to convey their message. As their objectives may be characterised as socially beneficial, it is easy to understand why they are made as non-profit foundations.
There is a lot of traditionally art museum that also operates as non-profit, but what separates them from the foundations are that these mostly exhibits previous work to familiar the society with work done from previous artists. The majority of the foundations uses some of the same kind of tools, but this in the order to provoke inspiration and creativity that leads to new interpretations of art.
This may also be one of the key factors for why these foundations has become so popular. As humans it lies naturally in our nature to be inspired by others work, and it may be easier to engage in a creatively process if you have the possibility to relate in any way to the work done. By visiting one on of the many foundations around the globe, society gets the opportunity to reflect and take part in a process where the motive is to get inspired. In this way, we may easy access a castle of creativity.
I hope that you as read now have a deeper insight into what the foundation stands for and the differences between them. I also hope this post has increased your desire to see what a foundation has to offer, and that you are ready to be inspired!
Written by: Torje Johansen