The Montblanc Cultural Foundation, based in Hamburg, was founded in 1992 with a mission to promote innovative thinking through supporting the arts worldwide. It’s core initiatives include the globally recognized Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award and the Montblanc Art Collection. The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, has honored close to 300 patrons in 17 countries in the past 26 years with a donation of almost 5 million Euros. Since 2002, the Montblanc Art Collection has supported over 170 artists with more than 210 artworks by commissioning them to create new works. The collection includes many internationally renowned figures such as John Armleder, Monica Bonvicini, José León Cerillo, Thomas Demand, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sylvie Fleury, Liam Gillick, Gary Hume, Fang Lijun, Thomas Ruff, Tom Sachs, Chiharu Shiota, Cerith Wyn Evans,and Heimo Zobernig, to name a few.