peter zumthor as next rolex arts initiative architecture mentor
image © gerry ebner




the rolex arts initiative has named peter zumthor mentor for architecture for 2014-2015, alongside olafur eliasson, visual arts; alejandro gonzález iñárritu, film; michael ondaatje, literature; alexei ratmansky, dance; kaija saariaho, music; and jennifer tipton, theatre.


these artists are all highly respected leaders in their fields,’ said rebecca irvin, head of philanthropy at rolex. ‘we are grateful that they have generously offered to nurture a new generation of artists. over the past 11 years, we have seen remarkable, enduring collaborations and friendships form between mentors and protégés. we look forward to seeing more of this rich creative dialogue.’


the seven mentors will each be advisers to seven young artists working in their respective fields for the upcoming year, collaborating and exchanging ideas with the young creatives by offering their time, and expertise to support, guide and collaborate with them in the year ahead.


these seven new mentors are taking the rolex program in exciting new directions,’ continues irvin. ‘for the first time, for example, we have a classical composer, kaija saariaho, as music mentor; a latin american director, alejandro gonzález iñárritu, as film mentor; a creator of lighting, jennifer  tipton, as theatre mentor; and alexei ratmansky as our first classical ballet choreographer.’