The seat of the foundation is currently in Lausanne, Switzerland.The Jean and Suzanne Planque Foundation comprises an independent board and a bureau for carrying on day-to-day business.
BureauLaurence Turner, President, Daniel Malherbe, Treasurer
MembersStéphanie Ansari, Agneta Siry, Régine Kopp, Michel Pfulg
StoryIn June 1972, shortly after stopping his activities for the Galerie Beyeler, Jean Planque concerned himself with the future of his collection, which he wanted preserved in its entirety. In the late 80s the collector, wishing to acquaint coming generations with his exceptional personal adventure, decided with his wife and a few close friends and specialists to found the Fondation Jean et Suzanne Planque. By bequeathing his collection to a foundation bearing his name, Jean Planque wished the public to share the pleasure he himself had experienced on contemplating his paintings. The Jean and Suzanne Planque Foundation was inaugurated on 13 March 1997 at La Sarraz (canton of Vaud, Switzerland). Its principal goal, as set forth in its bylaws, is “to ensure the preservation of the works assembled by Jean Planque and deemed to be inalienable, and to make them known by all appropriate means.” The Foundation’s activities increased after Planque’s death. At the urging of the collection’s curator an inventory of its paintings, drawings, and sculptures was undertaken, photographic records were made, restoration was initiated, and numerous contacts were established with a view to organizing exhibitions in suitable museums and preparing the future deposit of the works in an institution worthy of receiving them. In 2010 the Foundation decided to deposit the entire collection at the Musé Granet in Aix-en-Provence, France, for fifteen years.
« The country of Cézanne ! It was the only place where he could live. It is, I say, the only place where we can try to be. »
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