Domaine de Boisbuchet is a remarkable cultural project that was the vision of Alexander von Vegesack, some 20 years ago. It is a work in progress in which architecture, design and art can be taught and explored in harmony with nature and agriculture. The Domaine is a meeting place for the past and the future and for people from highly diverse cultures.
In 1986 Alexander von Vegesack purchased the Domaine de Boisbuchet with the plan to revitalize the complex as a place where people can practise and discover culture in its dialog with nature and agriculture. Following to initial renovations of Boisbuchet’s major buildings he founded the Centre international de recherche et d’éducation culturelle et agricole (CIRECA) as a nonprofit organization running Boisbuchet’s program and started an international workshop program in cooperation with Vitra Design Museum. The Centre Georges Pompidou joined this cooperation in 1996. In 2011, the French state prized CIRECA as “Pole d’excellence rurale”.
Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, born in 1964, holds an MA in art history and philosophy. Between 1990 and 2013 he organized international travelling exhibitions and edited catalogues as Vitra Design Museum’s curator and senior curator. Since 2013 he is responsible for Boisbuchet’s program of workshops and exhibitions and supervises the development of the site’s architecture and landscape.