“The notion of the archipelago is key for Luma Arles,” says Hoffmann in a video introducing her almost-complete private arts centre in Arles. If Hans Ulrich Obrist fans find that analogy familiar, then it is perhaps explained by the fact the curator (who cites archipelagic thinker Édouard Glissant often) is heavily involved in his compatriot’s project, as a member of the ‘core group’ of advisers, alongside Beatrix Ruf, Liam Gillick, Tom Eccles and Philippe Parreno. The Frank Gehry-designed aluminium-clad 56m Arts Resource Centre tower, part of the private foundation Hoffmann has spent £133m on, will open early next year (pandemic-depending), though it has already started welcoming resident artists. Meanwhile the Roche pharmaceuticals heiress (the company is working on one of many possible COVID-19 vaccines) managed shows for the likes of Chino Amobi and Gilbert & George at Luma Westbau, her smaller Zürich space, and has continued her global patronage, not least as sponsor of the Bruno Latour-cocurated Taipei Biennial.
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