Art Foundation Pax is a foundation that supports the digital and visual arts and is sponsored by Pax. It was launched at the end of 2017 and since then has presented the Pax Art Awards every year.
Pax is committed to philanthropic activities in accordance with its cooperative roots. Art Foundation Pax will continue the company’s long-standing tradition of collecting art and constitutes a valuable element of our corporate culture. The Foundation focuses on the digital arts, which have been providing new stimuli since the 1990s.
Targeted and effective: the Foundation’s funding
Pax has chosen to use the foundation format to provide independent and effective support for the relatively young and versatile digital arts sector. Art Foundation Pax has been allocated sufficient funding to guarantee the Foundation’s activities for the next decade.
Dedicated experts: our Foundation Board
Nicolas Bopp is the founder of Art Foundation Pax and Chairman of the Foundation Board. The other members of the Foundation Board are Sabine Himmelsbach, the Director and Curator of the House of Electronic Arts, and Fausto de Lorenzo from De Lorenzo Museum Management.
Nicolas Bopp worked as an investment advisor in private banking before embarking on job-concurrent training in marketing and communication. He has occupied leading functions in international companies and communication agencies. In 2013, Nicolas Bopp took over as Head of Brand Management & Communication at Pax. He has also been Arts Curator at Pax since 2014. In 2017, Nicolas Bopp devised and founded Art Foundation Pax. He is Chairman of the Foundation Board.
Sabine Himmelsbach studied Art History and went on to work at galleries in Munich and Vienna. Sabine Himmelsbach subsequently curated exhibitions and the associated panel discussions at the Styrian Autumn Festival in Graz. In 1999, Sabine Himmelsbach was appointed Director of Exhibitions at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. She was Director of the Edith-Russ Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg between 2005 and 2011. Sabine Himmelsbach was appointed Director and Curator at HeK – the House of Electronic Arts – in Basel in 2012.
Fausto De Lorenzo
Fausto de Lorenzo has worked as an independent business consultant and has also held various managerial posts with private companies based in Basel and Hamburg. Between 1999 and 2009, Fausto De Lorenzo held the post of Managing Director for the Beyeler Foundation. He served as Managing Director at the Kunstmuseum in Basel from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, Fausto De Lorenzo created his own company, De Lorenzo Art and Museum Management & Consulting GmbH, which provides advisory services to institutions and private individuals.