Foundation fund supporting contemporary artists and their work

Our non-profit organization wants to strengthen the international presence of visual artists from the Czech Republic and develop the contemporary art scene. Our primary ambition is to create the first international and independent foundation fund to support the latest trends in the field of contemporary art and the representatives of the creative infrastructure. Our activities range from open calls supporting significant exhibition projects through the professional growth of artists and theorists and the production of new artworks to institutional collecting and education. We also build strategic international partnerships and support the initiation and realization of art projects at leading world museum institutions and globally relevant exhibition platforms.

Our vision is to become a patron of living visual artists, sustain their work, and support and initiate exhibition activities. The Czech cultural society has a great historical tradition of artists and theorists organizing themselves and creating a lively and fruitful scene of European significance. We want to bring back the values of the turn of the past century and revive the activities of the Mánes Association of Fine Artists, mediating this heritage to the Czech public and reinforcing it after many decades of decline.

We created the foundation fund mainly because the status of artists and their life realities have still not been defined in the Czech Republic. We are still lacking functional institutions and infrastructure in the field of contemporary art to continuously support artists, their work and its internationalization. The environment in which art is created is transforming. The recent “crisis” has clearly revealed that now is the time and opportunity for a radical revision of the social role of art and art institutions. Therefore, our foundation activities focus on three major fields: support of artists, production of artworks, and mediation and support of the internationalization of Czech art.

What is essential for our foundation fund to be successful and meet its goals primarily in the field of the internationalization of the work of Czech artists is professional collaboration and consultations with leading international experts who approve the supported projects, function as mediators of the fund’s activities and initiate negotiations with museum and gallery institutions.

Luc Art Fund was founded by art historian and gallerist Lucie Drdová and fundraising specialist Jana Bukvová in 2020.