Amis des musées
The Friends of the Museums of Art and History Luxembourg support the "d'stater muséëen" group and participate in the promotion of six partner museums: Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Musée de la Forteresse Dräi Eechelen, Musée d'Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg, Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Villa Vauban - Galerie de la Ville de Luxembourg.
The Friends of the Museums of Art and History Luxembourg association was founded in 1977 by art and history enthusiasts. Today the association has over 1700 members who share the same cultural interests.
The Friends of the Museums contribute to the enrichment of museum collections; the preservation of cultural heritage; promoting art and history; to make national and international museum collections and cultural sites abroad better known.
During each exhibition or event taking place in the six museums, as well as in other cultural institutions (art galleries, art centres, etc.), the Friends of the Museums are invited to the opening of the exhibition, and benefit from free guided tours, lectures and exclusive artistic presentations.
The association also offers its members day trips or stays to discover major exhibitions in Luxembourg and abroad. The Friends of the Museums regularly visit major contemporary art fairs such as Tefaf in Maastricht, ArtCologne, FIAC in Paris... Recent trips have included Albania and Montenegro, Bavaria in the footsteps of the Blaue Reiter, Marseille as European Capital of Culture, Vienna and Armenia.
Friends of the Museums who hold the "membership card" are entitled to unlimited free admission to the museums, have the privilege of participating in the above-mentioned activities, are invited to exhibition openings and are regularly informed of the museums' activities. In addition, they receive a 20% discount on the purchase of any publication published by the Museums (catalogue, poster etc.).
Fonds culturel national
In 1979, the new Luxembourg government that emerged from the elections of 10 June 1979, under the impetus of Pierre Werner (Minister of State, Minister of Cultural Affairs) and Jacques Santer (Minister of Finance), proposed in its governmental declaration of 24 July 1979 "the creation of a Cultural Fund financed by extra-budgetary revenue and intended to strengthen the cultural infrastructure".
It was in 1982, three years after the governmental declaration, that the government of Pierre Werner created the "Fonds culturel national" as a public establishment governed by the amended law of 4 March 1982, published in Mémorial A no. 12 of 12 March 1982, pp. 340-344 and corrected in Mémorial A no. 34 of 7 May 1982, p. 902.
The primary objective of the National Cultural Fund was to encourage and organise private cultural sponsorship, with a view to benefiting the cultural movement in Luxembourg:
"The mission of the Fund is to receive, manage and employ allocations and donations from public and private sources with a view to: a) the promotion of the arts and sciences; b) the conservation, restoration and appropriate use of the national historical and cultural heritage, both immovable and movable." (Article 2 of the law of 4 March 1982)
Apart from private donations, the financial resources of the National Cultural Fund come mainly from the National Relief Society Grand Duchess Charlotte on the basis of an annual endowment of 600,000 EUR. The funds of the charity are generated by the National Lottery.
The current board of directors consists of Jo Kox, president, Dany Kohn-Stoffels, member and secretary, Raymond Bausch, member. The ministerial decree of 4 November 2015 appointing the board was published in Mémorial B n° 130 of 17 November 2015.
The General Secretariat, located at the Ministry of Culture, is provided by Catherine Krettels.
Fondation de Luxembourg
The Fondation de Luxembourg was created in December 2008 by the Luxembourg State and the Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte. Its mission is to promote private philanthropic commitment.
The structure was set up to meet the growing need for a centre of expertise in philanthropy in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and to encourage and facilitate philanthropic commitments made by private individuals and/or businesses.
Fondation La Marck
The Fondation La Marck has three main objectives: preservation of heritage and enrichment of public collections, support to organisations caring for youth or elderly people, and research on the Grand-Duchy's history.
The foundation was created by one of his descendants as a tribute to Robert IV de La Marck, duke of Bouillon and marshal of France, son-in-law of Diane de Poitiers and father-in-law of Jean of Luxembourg. Amongst its activities, the foundation has a keen interest in finding objects belonging to the Luxembourg heritage.
Koekkoek - a «success story»
The participatory patronage campaign "Become a patron of a Koekkoek" launched by the Musée national d'histoire et d'art, MNHA on May 3, 2016, to support the purchase of a work whose investment far exceeds the museum's acquisition budget was a resounding success. The MNHA achieved or even exceeded its objective.
This subscription action aimed at bringing into the public collections a painting by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek entitled "View of the castle of Larochette" (1848) painted for the King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg, William II (1840-1849 ). It ended with a very positive outcome.
In fact, according to figures communicated by the National Cultural Fund (FOCUNA), the platform responsible for recording pledges, 282 patrons have been identified for a total contribution of 102,928.47 euros (date: November 9, 2016).
Summary in detail:
The vast majority of donations come from individuals (250 donations), who are sensitive to the issue of heritage preservation and the national challenge of this acquisition effort.
18 donors have requested anonymity.
271 donors will have benefited from a tax abatement certificate, of which 125 will be given in the coming days a pass valid for two people for two years guaranteeing free access to our two museums (MNHA and M3E).
2 institutional donors have come forward to benefit from the advantages linked to corporate sponsorship (> 10,000 euros).
To thank the donors, the MNHA invited to a big “Night of patrons" on Thursday December 8, 2016 during which they could admire the painting in a festive setting.