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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