Jean-Claude Gandur chooses Caen for his future art museum

Jean-Claude Gandur chooses Caen for his future art museum
Jean-Claude Gandur chooses Caen for his future art museum

Jean Claude Gandur chooses Caen for his future art museum

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Jean Claude Gandur, Swiss businessman and billionaire, initially wanted to deposit his collections at the Geneva Museum of Art and History, but after the expansion project collapsed – the people refused in 2016 the project designed by Jean Nouvel – the businessman turned to France.

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.

The FGA museum “will develop a vast program of cultural mediation and activities aimed in particular at young people” and wishes to “become one of the highlights of the cultural and tourist vitality of the city and the region”, adds the foundation.

Among the candidate cities to host it last year only remained Caen, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. It was ultimately the Norman town that won.

“Place of life and sharing”

“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.

“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 come true and I am happy that it is in Caen,” declares Jean Claude Gandur.

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

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

The museum is expected to open its doors in 2030.

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