Swiss billionaire Jean-Claude Gandur opens a museum in Caen

Swiss billionaire Jean-Claude Gandur opens a museum in Caen
Swiss billionaire Jean-Claude Gandur opens a museum in Caen

Swiss billionaire Jean-Claude Gandur announced on Friday that he had chosen Caen to build the museum which will house his prestigious collections of works of art.

Swiss billionaire Jean-Claude Gandur announced on Friday that he had chosen the city of Caen for the construction of the museum which will house his prestigious collections of works of art.

The future building will be located not far from the Caen Memorial and will present works and objects from the collections housed in Geneva by the Gandur Foundation for Art (FGA) since 2010, indicates the latter in a joint press release with the municipality of Caen.

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The FGA museum “will develop a vast program of cultural mediation and activities aimed in particular at young people” and wishes, according to the foundation:

“Become one of the highlights of the cultural and tourist vitality of the city and the region”

Jean-Claude Gandur initially wanted to deposit his collections at the Geneva Museum of Art and History but the project failed and the businessman, who made his fortune in oil, turned to France.

Caen, Bordeaux and Strasbourg

Among the candidate cities to host it, last year only Caen, Bordeaux and Strasbourg remained. It was ultimately the Normandy town, home of rapper Orelsan, which won.

“The choice of Caen, carefully considered, owes a lot to the links that the city and the Gandur Foundation for Art have already maintained for many years,” underlines the press release, citing two major exhibitions of paintings presented in 2020 and 2023 at the Mémorial de Caen. Gandur comments:

“Since the creation of the Foundation in 2010, I have dreamed of a large museum which would be a place to live and share my collection (…) Today, this dream will become reality and I am happy that it is in Caen”.

“It’s a great day for Caen and the reward for collective work which mobilized all the city’s stakeholders,” rejoiced the mayor of Caen, Joël Bruneau.

It’s for when?

The Gandur Foundation’s collections are very eclectic and organized into five distinct areas: archaeology, 20th century fine arts, decorative arts, ethnology and contemporary African art and its diaspora.

The museum is expected to open its doors by 2030. (jah/ats)

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