Foundation council president
Dr. iur. Lukas Breunig-Hollinger, Brugg
Vice-president and treasurer
Stefan Bräm, Baden
Foundation council members
Philippe Gubler, Baden
Dr. phil. Zuzana Häfeli-Sonin, Lupfig
Dr. sc. nat. Victor Jaecklin, Baden
Stephan Kunz, Chur
Kurt Lötscher, Cham
Erich Obrist, Baden
Ernst Strebel, Zürich
In 1990, the last will and testament of Dr. John Alfred Brown (1900–1987), who, like his two brothers Sidney and Harry, died childless, made it possible to set up a museum of Impressionism and living in the Villa Langmatt.
In accordance with the provisions of his will, the city of Baden instituted it as a private foundation. In memory of his parents, who built the house and accumulated the art collection, John A. Brown named this foundation the "Stiftung Langmatt Sidney und Jenny Brown". In 1851, the founder’s grandfather, an Englishman named Charles Brown (1827–1905), joined the firm Gebrüder Sulzer in Winterthur, which developed into one of the most important manufacturers of machinery in Switzerland, as an engineer. The engineer Sidney William Brown (1865–1941), the founder’s father, worked as technical director and chief executive officer of the board of directors for Brown Boveri & Cie (BBC) in Baden. The firm had been founded in 1891 by Sidney William’s brother, Charles Eugene Lancelot Brown (1863–1924), and Walter Boveri, a German. Sidney William Brown was married to the art-minded Jenny Sulzer (1871–1968), daughter of the senior partner of the Winterthur firm Gebrüder Sulzer. In the 20th century, BBC developed into a leading company in the field of electrical engineering. In 1989, the firm merged with the Swedish firm Asea to form the ABB company.
The foundation’s purpose
Based on the testamentary disposition of John A. Brown (1900–1987), in 1988 the city of Baden, as sole inheritor, set up the Stiftung Langmatt Sidney und Jenny Brown with the purpose of making the Villa Langmatt, the park, and the associated collections of the Brown family accessible to the public.
§ 4 of the deed of foundation formulates the foundation’s purpose:
“The purpose of this foundation is: a) to preserve the Villa Langmatt, with its park and art collections, for the city of Baden and to make them accessible to the public; b) to honour the memory of the founding Brown family and to present the foundation’s property as they would have wished, c) to promote the understanding of art and cultural activities in the city, the region, and the canton, and, d) to preserve valuable artwork and to promote understanding of art among the general public.”
In addition to numbers and facts on exhibitions and events, the annual reports also cover loans and special projects.