Collector, patron, founder of LUMA Foundation
Hoffmann’s new arts complex in Arles – the ‘crumpled drinks can’, in local parlance – is scheduled to open in the spring, yet programming is well underway in the former SNCF railyard. Kiluanji Kia Henda, winner of the 2017 Frieze Artist Award, was in residence this spring, and in July the exhibition spaces showed 50 years of Martin Parr’s photobooks, a collection Hoffmann acquired in collaboration with the Tate in 2017, alongside an installation by Rachel Rose, produced in collaboration with New York’s Park Avenue Armory (whose former curatorial adviser, Tom Eccles, also sits on Hoffmann’s advisory board, alongside Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf, Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno). Obrist was also on hand to help with programming, this time at Hoffmann’s Zürich gallery, where he curated part two of a pro-EU show titled It’s Urgent! Needless to say, with this kind of money, and friends like these, Hoffmann’s continued presence on the boards of institutions in the us and Europe is assured.