Roche supports groundbreaking contemporary art, cultural projects and activities that explore the parallels between innovation in art and in science. The focus is on music, while also supporting the visual arts and architecture. We cultivate and foster intensive interactions with contemporary music and art as a means to express our commitment to innovation characterized by excellence, distinctiveness and passion.
Launched in 2003, Roche Commissions is a unique and pioneering collaboration between Roche, Lucerne Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy. Roche works with these partners to award regular commissions for new orchestral works to some of the world’s most talented contemporary composers.
Roche Young Commissions is a further expression of this partnership. The programme, launched in 2013, extends the Lucerne Festival Academy’s innovative Composer Project. It gives two young composers under the age of 30 the opportunity to write orchestral works. The composers are paired with two young Roche scientists for intensive interactions, and after two years the commissioned works are premiered at the Lucerne Festival in summer.
Both Roche Commissions and Young Commissions occur on alternating years. The outstanding works of music produced by composers commissioned by Roche are an enduring expression of our commitment to innovation, both in science and in the arts.
Since 2007, Roche Continents brings together talented students for one week to exploring sources of inspiration at the intersection of science and art, as well as the creative processes that drive innovation. Throughout the programme, students have ample opportunities to engage with renowned scientists and artists, be exposed to provocative scientific research, visit exhibitions, participate in workshops and interact with other students from a variety of European institutions.
The non-profit foundation Culturescapes was created with the aim to support culture and the cultural exchange between Switzerland and other countries in a sustainable way. All forms of culture and art, such as music, theater, dance, literature, film, visual art, art involving new media and academic exchange, are promoted and supported.
Since 2017, Roche supported Culturescapes and combined it with a special event for Roche postdoctoral fellows and scientists early in their career. This particular programme promoted the interaction between science and art and gave the Roche scientists the chance to be exposed to the uncommon and to network with their colleagues.
The Museum Tinguely was inaugurated in 1996 as a gift to the city of Basel, Roche’s home city, to mark the centenary of Roche’s founding. Niki de Saint Phalle, widow of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely, supported the project by donating over 50 machine-sculptures and a considerable number of drawings and documents from the artist’s estate to a specially established Roche Centenary Foundation. Roche built the museum, contributed works from its own holdings and provided funding for additions to the museum’s collections. The museum’s operating costs and the costs of maintaining the adjacent Solitude Park have been funded entirely and exclusively by Roche since 1996. Innovation, quality and sustainability are as central to the museum’s mission as they are to Roche’s. Roche sees the museum as a continuation of its longstanding commitment to contemporary music and the arts. Additionally, Roche sponsors the monthly Roche’n’Jazz series at the museum.