About

AB43 CONTEMPORARY

Gallery and network, all in one – stems from the initiative of Heidi and Franz J. Leupi.
 
For almost twenty years now, Heidi and Franz J. Leupi have been closely involved in the art world, working with artists in Europe, North and South America and Asia, as well as organising exhibitions. Following projects of cultural exchange in Dubai they decided in 2003 to place the focus of their work firmly on the contemporary art scene of the Middle East and the Arab world. With their Swiss locations based in Emmenbruecke/Lucerne and Zurich, Heidi and Franz J. Leupi then founded the AB Gallery.
 
"AB" stands for ‘Across Borders’ and signifies commitment to their particular area of gallery activity. It is one which, in addition to art dealing, also includes promoting artists and engaging in cultural exchange between East and West. For this reason Heidi and Franz J. Leupi’s established the ORYX Foundation in 2011.



A richly composed programme of exhibitions and events in Switzerland, plus a well placed, on-site presence in their targeted countries, has given AB Gallery a highly distinctive profile. Today, it is regarded internationally as one of the top addresses for art from the Middle East and the Arab world, in particular for the contemporary art scene of Iran.
 
In 2016, the gallery relocated to the Greater Zurich area to take up residence in the heritage-protected building complex "Diana" situated in an historical park close to the railway station of Thalwil/Zurich. Its former orangery offers exhibition rooms flooded with light while a combined storage and show room as well as an artist's studio can be found in the adjacent building. The gallery's administrative office is housed in the main villa.
 
In line with this relocation in August 2016 the gallery was renamed AB43 CONTEMPORARY.

 

ORYX FOUNDATION

In 2011, following years of experience with their AB Gallery, Heidi and Franz J. Leupi founded the ORYX Foundation. This charitable organisation pools the non-profit-making activities in line with the programmatic slogan "Across Borders". The aim of the ORYX Foundation is to encounter with an open mind the complex cultural region of what is here predominantly the Middle East. The exotic ideal versus concrete political realities, Western projections of desire versus Eastern advances in culture, education and research, quick-fix business deals versus the establishment of trust-based partnerships – there are countless sources of possible misunderstandings. Openness, curiosity and mutual respect are the guiding principles of the ORYX Foundation.  
 
On the one hand, the ORYX Foundation puts into effect concepts of how to concretely promote artists from the Middle East and the Arab world – primarily through "Artists in Residence" programmes, which enable them to work in a studio in Switzerland. 


On the other hand, the ORYX Foundation provides a forum for the competent interchange of information. With this in mind, it organises talks, lectures and discussions with specialists on subjects related to exchange and the development of the countries in focus. At the same time, it strongly advocates the need for creating good framework conditions for the art scene particularly in Iran. Last but not least, the ORYX Foundation is active in Switzerland and Europe in lobbying for greater recognition of Middle Eastern art and to this end supports corresponding initiatives.
 
So why not become a member of the network of the ORYX Foundation? Your support makes a difference and would be most welcome.
 
For further information please visit the foundation's website