Created in 2014 by Nathalie Guiot, collector, curator, and editor, the Fondation Thalie is a private art foundation. Based in a neo-modernist house in the heart of Brussels since 2018, the Foundation exhibits both historic and emerging international artists in addition to an art collection; it also offers online events about environmental issues along with an artist and author residency in Brussels.
Through a multidisciplinary program, a residency, and the exhibits, the Foundation wants to perpetuate a unique and lively dynamic in a house of art and beyond the walls with satellite projects. Each exhibit demonstrates the support for contemporary creation by way of commissions which are sometimes tied to acquisitions or the architecture of the house in Brussels. The Brussels space also has a small shop supporting our publishing house Edition Ishtar and local artists (ceramics, jewelry…).
A new space will be opening in Arles in the Spring of 2023.
AREAS OF COMMITMENTS
The Fondation advocates for 4 principal areas:
- Giving women of the contemporary art world a bigger space
- Supporting the dialogue between visual arts and craftsmanship
- Encouraging dialogue between artists and scientists concerning the climate emergency
- Valorizing contemporary writings
The Foundation sees its actions in four ways:
SUN The Brussels house and its transdisciplinary and innovative programming, its residences, and its exhibit space are the historical headquarters of the Foundation.
MOON New exhibition and residencies space in Arles, France. Other similar projects are being created, they will be seen in MOON.
SATELLITES Projects and co-productions beyond the walls of the house.
PLANETS The Foundation’s community. You support the same questionings about our future and you are our ambassadors!
A LEVER TO THINK ABOUT AN EVOLVING WORLD
The Fondation Thalie acts through the prism of our artistic practices and creative writing, in favour of causes that shake our ecosystems and force us to change for future generations
Launched online during the pandemic in 2020, the podcast Creators facing the Climate Emergency facilitates the dialogue between artists and scientists. The goal is to spread knowledge, raise awareness, particularly in the contemporary art world, so that they may become a true agent of change, and think of new production modes which are more respectful of natural resources: How does the climate crises affect artistic practices? How can we preserve biodiversity and construct new narratives to take action?
With more than 40 artists and scientific experts invited since its creation, these conversations, watched by over 34,000 people, aim to create collaborations between the disciplines and to give a voice to the new generation of artists committed to a green transition.
In resonance with these themes, the residency annually publishes a thematic call to project. With several hundred applications each year, the calls are a photograph of the emerging creative and of the commitments of these creators. A regularly updated jury of professionals creates a unique community of experts.