Maja Oeri

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Maja Oeri (* 1955 in Basel ) is a Swiss patron .


Maja Oeri grew up in Basel. Her grandmother Maja Sacher appointed eighteen-year-old Maja to the Board of Trustees of the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation (EHS). After working at the Handschin gallery in Basel and at the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris (exhibition “Paris-Berlin” 1978), Oeri studied art history at the Free University of Berlin . She participated in the exhibition projects “Westkunst” (Cologne 1981), “ documenta 7 ” (Kassel 1982) and “ Von hier aus ” (Düsseldorf 1984).

In 1983 Maja Oeri became a member of the commission of the Basler Kunstverein . Since 1988 she has been a member of the art commission of the public art collection at the Kunstmuseum Basel . In 1995 she took over the chairmanship of the EHS. In 1999 Maja Oeri and her husband Hans U. Bodenmann founded the Laurenz Foundation in memory of their son Laurenz Jakob, who passed away at an early age, which made the construction of the Schaulager in Münchenstein possible. This is where the foundation's works of art, which cannot be exhibited in the Kunstmuseum Basel or the Kunstmuseum Basel (Basel), are stored and shown. Maja Oeri and the Laurenz Foundation made an important financial contribution to the extension of the Kunstmuseum Basel, which opened in 2016.

Maja Oeri has been the first non-British member of the advisory board of London's Tate Modern since 2000 . She is also a member of the International Council of MoMA and the Dia Art Foundation, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles . In 2003 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Basel . The art magazine Artnews counts Oeri among the 200 most important art collectors in the world.

Web links

  • CV , website of the University of Basel

Individual evidence

  1. Laurenz Foundation. Schaulager, accessed on September 16, 2017 .
  2. ^ A b Valerie Zaslawski: Basel is experiencing an unprecedented museum boom., April 16, 2016, accessed on September 15, 2017 .
  3. Honorary doctorates, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Accessed September 15, 2017.