Arts and Culture
The Marandi Foundation is committed to supporting publicly available art in the UK and the conservation of cultural heritage.
The Marandi Foundation wholly funds The Watercolour World, a charity which provides free online access to documentary watercolours painted before 1900. Before the invention of the camera, people used watercolours to document the world. Over the centuries, painters – both professional and amateur – created hundreds of thousands of images recording life as they witnessed it. Every one of these paintings has a story to tell, but many are hidden away in archives, albums and store rooms, too fragile to display. The Watercolour World exists to bring them back into view.
Javad Marandi is chairman of the charity’s advisory board.
Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are patrons of The Watercolour World.
The Marandi Foundation provides core funding to London’s Serpentine Galleries to help ensure it remains free to the public. The Serpentine Galleries are two art galleries in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, and are among London’s most popular cultural destinations, championing new ideas in contemporary art. The Serpentine has been presenting pioneering exhibitions for half a century from a wide range of emerging practitioners to the most celebrated and internationally recognised artists of our time.
The Marandi Foundation supports the expansion of the art collection at the United Kingdom’s Tate Gallery, through the European Collection Circle.
Tate is a family of four art galleries in London, Liverpool and Cornwall known as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Tate’s mission is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art.