Mission and Guiding Concept


The Project has the mission to safeguard the work of Jean Hirtzel and making it known.

With its original approach, Jean Hirtzel’s work of forty years of visual art research constitutes an artistic heritage that must not disappear ! The Project’s managers are keen to hand it over to the community in the best condition possible.

The Project is in possession of the majority of the artwork, and wishes to make this significant and extremely rich research known to the greatest number of people. The urgency is real in order to avoid the work becoming scattered.

The Project maintains the unique knowledge of the research approach that it needs to pass on. To fulfil its mission, the Jean Hirtzel Project has developed a guiding concept that details the objectives to be met.

Guiding Concept

The central mission of the Jean Hirtzel Project is structured around two inseparable axes : 

  1. The current and future conservation of the work
  2. The exposure of the work

1. Current and Future Conservation of the Work

Preserving work of more than 5000 pieces represents a crucial element. Currently these pieces are stored and maintained at the Espace Jean Hirtzel. Determined to ensure their long term preservation, the Jean Hirtzel Project is pursuing several objectives :

  • Improve the existing structures of the Espace Jean Hirtzel’s reserves
  • Protect and maintain the artwork
  • Index the acquired artwork
  • Complete the annotated catalogue 
  • Plan and organise future preservation

2. The Artwork’s Exposure

The exposure of the artwork requires taking into account the various but complementary areas. Thus, the Jean Hirtzel Project is pursuing several objectives

  • Make the work visible
  • Scientifically showcase the significance of the work in terms of the cultural and social context at the time of its creation
  • Transpose Jean Hirtzel’s creative potential to the artistic and cultural time in which we currently live
  • Propose activities allowing the exploration and the presentation of the artist’s life and work
  • Arrange a significant collection of his work, allowing for the understanding of the artist’s different areas of research