La Fundació Stämpfli gathers one of the most important contemporary art collections in Catalonia. Promoted by the couple formed by Pere and Anna Maria Stämpfli, the Foundation exhibits in its facilities, located in Plaça de l'Ajuntament de Sitges, a selection of the collection composed by 60 works by 90 artists from 22 nationalities.
La Fundació Stämpfli was born in 2006 to channel the Stämpflis's project that wanted to endow Sitges with a contemporary art center capable of bringing together works from significant artists on the international scene. All the works that make up the collection have been donated by the artists themselves, their descendents or important gallerists and make up, in its entirety, a unique corpus of contemporary art covering the past 50 years.
In 2011, la Fundació opened its facilities, which have three rooms that exhibit a selection of its funds. During those early years, La Fundació also scheduled monographic exhibitions of artists such as Erró, Jacques Villeglé and Miguel Chevalier and the Cinetik! exhibition, -that in partnership with the Grand Palais in Paris, assembled optical and kinetic works from thirteen Latin American artists who have done most of their careers in the French capital.
The current exhibition of La Fundació presents 36 works from its own collection, structured in four different areas: the narrative figurative, and the particular universe of different artists, and the works that emphasize numerical and quantity notions. The selection and distribution was made by Professor Serge Lemoine.
The funds of La Fundació include Francois Arnal , Eduardo Arroyo ,Antonio Asis Gianni Bertini , Pierrette Bloch, Mark Brusse,Pierre Buraglio, Pol Bury, Rafael Canogar, Tom Carr,Philippe Cazal, Miguel Chevalier, Robert Combas, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Henri Cueco, Marcos Rey,Gérard Deschamps , Marc Desgrandchamps , Daniel Dezeuze ,Richard Di Rosa , François Dufrêne , Erró , Gérard Fromanger , Daniel Humair , Christian Jaccard ,Claire-Jeanne Jézéquel , Konrad Klapheck , Peter Klasen ,Peter Knapp , Piotr Kowalski , Jean Le Gac ,Jean-Jacques Lebel , Jean-Michel Meurice , Bernard Moninot ,Jacques Monory , Olivier Mosset , Jean-Luc Parant Pavlos , Daniel Pommereulle, Bernard Rancillac , Markus Ratz, Jean-Pierre Raynaud , Antonio Recalcati , Guy de Rougemont , Jean-Michel Sanejouand , Sato Satoru, Antonio Segui , Peter Stämpfli , Takis,Antoni Taulé , Pierre Tilman , Luis Tomasello, Niele Toroni , Kim Tschang-Yeul , Vladimir Velickovic , Claude Viallat , Jacques Villeglé , Jan Voss , Michael Warren ,Joel-Peter Witkin and A-Sun Wu .
La Fundació Stämpfli is composed by a board including the couple itself and the notary Lluís Jou, former Director of Language Policy of the Government. At the same time, it has an Advisory Board composed by Serge Lemoine, former director of the Musée d'Orsay and professor emeritus at the Sorbonne; Henry-Claude Cousseau, director of École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris; art critic Daniel Giralt-Miracle, former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Catalonia and the aforementioned Lluis Jou.
Peter Stämpfli was appointed Adoptive Son of Sitges in 2004. The active links that the couple has kept with this town date back to 1977, when they first organized the first festival at carrer d'en Bosc, where they have their residence in Sitges that they share with another in Paris. Since then, the Stämpflis have promoted constant cultural and patronage initiatives in Sitges.
Pere Stämpfli is an artist known and valued especially in France, Switzerland, Belgium and the United States. His work forms part of public and private collections in Europe, the US, Japan or Korea. He made about sixty solo exhibitions, among which are those in Centre Pompidou and the Jeu de Paume National Gallery of Paris, and around 230 collective exhibitions during his long career.