Maja Oeri is a Swiss pharmaceutical heiress known for funding contemporary-art foundations. She is best known for founding the Schaulager, a “viewing warehouse” in Basel—“neither museum nor traditional repository,” as the institution’s website puts it—devoted to showing her grandmother’s art collection. Oeri is also known for funding art-history education in Swiss universities. As a trustee at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Oeri has donated major works to the collection. Notably, Oeri helped MoMA acquire a set of Joseph Beuys vitrines and a video projection by Paul Chan.

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Maja Oeri

Basel, Switzerland

Source of wealth:
Inheritance (pharmaceuticals)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

Because of Oeri and her late partner Hans Bodenmann’s major contributions, MoMA has named a permanent-collection gallery after the couple.