Philanthropy House hosts new exhibition – Culture Matters: Preserving Heritage and Transforming Spaces

Thursday, 10 May 2018

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Bridging the old and the new, cultural heritage plays a unique and important role in shaping and defining societies. Permeating generations through arts, literature, music, food, architecture, customs, values, skills and knowledge, cultural heritage is the fabric of society that creates identity and community.

Taking place during the 2018 European Year of Culture, the exhibition showcases a diverse selection of the vast array of work that our members support in culture and heritage. The 16 projects from all over Europe and beyond show philanthropy’s critical role in preserving, creating and transforming space for public benefit.

Through restoration and conservation projects, foundations are encouraging urban regeneration, preserving landmarks and transforming public spaces to make cultural heritage accessible to all.

The exhibition highlights the diverse nature of culture in Europe today, showing visitors the exciting and innovative ways in which our members’ projects engage citizens and enhance everyday lives.  

Participating foundations: 

Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Aydın Doğan Foundation

Bader Philanthropies, Inc.


Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Fundación Barrié

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian 

Fondazione con il Sud 

Fondazione CRT

Fundação Oriente

John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation 

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds


Stavros Niarchos Foundation


The King Baudouin Foundation is also currently hosting a separate, fantastic exhibition entitled “From Tiepolo to Richter, European dialogue” in Brussels, to show the importance of the activities undertaken by European foundations to encourage the preservation of our cultural heritage for future generations. 


10 May 2018 @ 09:30
5 September 2018 @ 17:00
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European Foundation Centre


Philanthropy House
94 Rue Royale, Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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