In 2016, Japanese-Swiss artist Shizuko Yoshikawa (1934–2019) established the Shizuko Yoshikawa and Josef Müller-Brockmann Foundation. She had been married since 1967 to the world-famous Zurich designer Josef Müller-Brockmann (1914–1996), who had a major influence on Swiss graphic design in the 1950s and 1960s and whose estate of works she donated to the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in 2014.
The Foundation aims to expand knowledge of the work of Concrete artist Shizuko Yoshikawa and her husband through research and presentations. Through its art prizes, the Shizuko Yoshikawa Prize for Young Female Artists and the Josef Müller-Brockmann Prize for Young Designers, the Foundation also offers funding support to young artists and designers in alternating years.
One of the Foundation’s aims is to serve as a forum for debates on artistic and design education. The Foundation also provides important impetuses by organizing and supporting conferences and summer schools.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Lars Müller, Publisher, Zurich (President, 2016–)
Elisabeth Grossmann, Art Historian, Aarau (2016–)
Gabrielle Schaad, Art and Architecture Historian, Zurich (2019- )
Sibylle Loyrette, Attorney at Law, specialized in Art Law, Zurich (2021- )
Jonas Voegeli, Designer, Zurich (2019–)
Sonja Mächler, Administrator, Glarus (2020–)
Peter Bosshard, Attorney at Law, Zurich (2016–2018 +)
Patrick Middendorfer, Attorney at Law, Zurich (2019–2021)