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The Hamrin Foundation strengthens Art Initiative with SEK 10 million

The Hamrin Foundation has decided to support Art Initiative at Stockholm School of Economics with with a donation of SEK 10 million: 2.5 million annually for four years. It is an investment in future decision-makers' education and ability to reflect, says Lovisa Hamrin, chairwoman of The Hamrin Foundation.

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From left: Hanna Ståhl, CEO The Hamrin Foundation, Lars Strannegård, President SSE, Lovisa Hamrin (sitting), chairwoman The Hamrin Foundation and Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe, director Art Initiative. Photo: Bobby Lundqvist

- Art Inititative is an exceptionally exciting and unique project, and an opportunity for us to work together with one of Europe's most inspiring academic leaders Lars Strannegård and a pioneering and action-oriented director in Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe. For us, this is an investment in future decision-makers' education and ability to reflect. It is the biggest single investment on the part of the foundation in more than ten years, says Lovisa Hamrin, The Hamrin Foundation´s chairwoman.

Art Initiative has been actively working with contemporary art at Stockholm School of Economics for the past ten years with the aim of making the institution even more knowledge-intensive and to enrich and broaden both education and research. Art Initiative works mainly with the school´s permanent art collection, video-based art, seminars, artist talks and exhibitions. It collaborates with both Swedish and international artists and institutions and works in close collaboration with the student association Art Division.

- Stockholm School of Economics is a social science higher education institution, and such an institution must take culture and art very seriously. Culture helps us interpret our present time and history, while offering spaces where we can test our thoughts and formulate visions of the future. We are extremely grateful that the Hamrin Foundation is investing in our work to stimulate our students' abilities to reflect, says Lars Strannegård, President of the school.

The Hamrin Foundation (Carl-Olof and Jenz Hamrin´s Foundation), based in Jönköping, wants to move society, academia and business in a positive direction through its work and investments in interdisciplinary projects. It was founded in November 1985 when Jenz Hamrin and her daughter Christina, Lovisa's mother, donated a third of their shares in the family company Herenco AB to the foundation. Since its inception, the foundation has distributed over SEK 330 million to research and education. Art Initiative is the largest single investment in 10 years for The Hamrin Foundation.


For more information:

Lovisa Hamrin
Chairwoman, The Hamrin Foundation 
Email: lovisa.hamrin@herenco.com
Tel: 070-787 78 26

Hanna Ståhl
CEO, The Hamrin Foundation 
Email: hanna.stahl@hamrinfoundation.com 
Tel: 073-433 87 91

Lars Strannegård
President, Handelshögskolan i Stockholm
Email: lars.strannegard@hhs.se

Tinni Ernsjöö Rappe
Director, Art Initiative
Email: tinni.rappe@hhs.se
Tel: 0708-366641

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