The Maarten Van Severen Foundation was established in the spring of 2008 by family and friends of designer Maarten Van Severen (1956-2005). Following his wish shortly before his death, the Foundation manages his artistic legacy. It operates from Ghent, where the Maarten Van Severen oeuvre largely came into being. The three main objectives of the MVS Foundation:
The MVS Foundation manages the Maarten Van Severen archive and the copyrights. It has ensured that the archive was professionally inventoried and repacked with the support of the Flemish authorities.
In the city of Ghent the MVS Foundation found a key partner, namely the Black Box (the City Archives of Ghent), where the Maarten Van Severen archive has been kept in good condition since late 2008.
The MVS Foundation wishes to set up or suppport initiatives which enable the heritage of a deserving and internationally renowned designer to be a source of inspiration in the cultural world. To that end, it wishes to forge strong alliances with partners in Flanders and abroad. A first concrete achievement in this regard was the exhibition ‘The Maarten Van Severen .03 Chair’. In 2015, ten years after Maarten Van Severen’s death, the MVS Foundation has established a Maarten Van Severen Chair, in collaboration with KASK / School of Arts Gent. Every year a leading designer will give two lectures and a workshop in this framework.