In order to preserve and share the legacy of his entire work, François Valentiny, his family, his office partners and his home- community decided to create a public institution.
The project became reality in 2014 when the Luxembourg Government recognized the VALENTINY FOUNDATION as being of public interest.
The FOUNDATION is planned to be housed in a building that is spatially and functionally attached to the European Museum in Schengen. This situation is close to the borders of France and Germany.
The FOUNDATION contains a part of François Valentiny’s architectural and artistic creations. Drawings, sketches, sculptures and models have partly been created in collaboration with his viennese partner Hubert Hermann. Around 3260 objects will be exposed at the FOUNDATION’s new house.
The object of the FOUNDATION is to carry out works of architectural, pedagogical, social or touristic type in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and the Grande Région, either by directly carrying out the missions planned in the frame of its object or by supporting private or public organizations in their activities and approach.
The FOUNDATION intends to contribute in close cooperation with other institutions such as the Luxembourg University, the Luxembourg Center for Architecture, the Ordre des Architectes et Ingénieurs-Conseils de Luxembourg, to the training of architects in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.
Furthermore, the FOUNDATION will also have a pedagogical aim by organising together with partners such as the University of Luxembourg, conferences or training in the field of architecture. For these purposes the Commune of Schengen and the FOUNDATION will put the necessary premises at the disposal of the University.
Within this frame, the FOUNDATION is a direct partner of the University and will put at the disposal of students its archives and documents on any type of support as well as its model structures.
Thus, the object of the FOUNDATION is triple
In the first place, the FOUNDATION has an artistic and educational objective.
Based on the international orientation of its architectural and artistic assets, the FOUNDATION aims to become a platform for exchange and meetings in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and the Grande Région.
It intends to promote architecture in the broadest sense by opening the above listed works of François Valentiny to the public but also by organising temporary exhibitions of architectural, pictorial and visual works in order to implement an interrelation and dialogue between the works of the FOUNDATION and the field of contemporary art. These exhibitions can be completed by conferences.
In the second place, the FOUNDATION intends to contribute in close cooperation with other institutions such as the University of Luxembourg, the Fondation de l´Architecture et de l´Ingénierie, the Ordre des Architectes et Ingénieurs-conseils de Luxembourg, to the training of architects in Luxembourg.
The activities within the frame of this partnership are numerous
- Direct exchanges with the way of working and the works of François Valentiny,
- Seminars on practical activities of architecture,
- Exhibitions focussing on a specific subject,
- Round tables,
- Discussion rounds,
- Pedagogical workshops for students and children of the surrounding schools,
- Visits of construction sites
In the third place, the activities of the FOUNDATION will contribute to create touristic works of national and regional type. Indeed, it is a fact that it is frequently unknown abroad that Schengen is a Luxembourg village as well as the fact that the origin of the Schengen Treaty is a proposal by the Benelux countries. The FOUNDATION will create through its activities links between the important international works of François Valentiny and his works in the Mosel region. It will contribute this way to a better knowledge of Luxembourg in general and of the Mosel Region and the Commune of Schengen in particular. The fact that François Valentiny designed the building of the European Museum in Schengen will contribute to the achievement of this aim.
The Commune of Schengen in turn wants to promote tourism by creating synergies between the activities of the FOUNDATION, of the site located on its territory and the important number of architectural works of François Valentiny located in the Mosel region.