The Foundation

The Fondation Plaza thrives to imagine a new future for the Plaza cinema and the Mont-Blanc Centre building, designed by architect Marc J. Saugey. Created in 2019, the Foundation is chaired by Jean-Pierre Greff, former director of the HEAD – Genève, University of Art and Design. An architectural competition is organized in 2020 to launch the restoration of Marc J. Saugey’s masterpiece. The winning firm, FdMP architects, will be responsible for renovating this jewel of post-war modernist architecture and enriching it with various spaces that will compose this innovative cultural venue in downtown Geneva.

The reopening of the Plaza is planned for the end of 2025.

The Team

The Foundation Board

Jean-Pierre Greff, President of the Foundation

Art and design historian, teacher and curator, Jean-Pierre Greff was born in 1957 in Lorraine (France). He graduated in Film and Audio-visual Studies from the University of Metz in 1982 and is the author of numerous prefaces and essays on photography, art and literature, art and communication, post-war art in France, as well as on many artists. After having directed the Haute école des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg from 1993 to 2004, Greff became director of the ESBA, Ecole supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Genève, before taking the helm in 2007 of HEAD – Genève, Geneva University of Art and Design, whose creation he helped form. Jean-Pierre has lead HEAD until 2022. 

Marc Maugué, Member of the Board
Jacques Roulet, Member of the Board

Coordination of the cultural project

Nefeli Skarmea

Communications & Partnerships
Sandra Mudronja

immeuble Le Plaza Genève nuit. archives. Photo A.Kern