Jean- François and Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Brussels.


Jean- François

de Clermont-Tonnerre

The Zao Wou-Ki Foundation

One of the artists championed by Jean-Francois and Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre is the Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013).

A member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Zao Wou-Ki lived to see the launch of a foundation that bears his name.

Jean-François and Marie-Laure are supporters of Zao Wou-Ki’s work and they each have important roles at the foundation, which is based in Geneva. Marie-Laure has been secretary of the Zao Wou-Ki Foundation since 2011 and Jean-Francois is vice-president.


The purpose of the Foundation, founded in 2009, is to promote access to education and culture for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The foundation operates through the funding of scholarships from schools and universities in various countries, France, United Kingdom, India.                    

The foundation also aims to support contemporary artistic creation and the preservation of heritage.



Promote art and culture, especially those of young creators

Promote the training of young people from developing countries especially from countries where education and its promotion as well as promotion of culture are insufficient

Support artistic and cultural philanthropic projects

Enhance artistic heritage in all its aspects: musical, visual, cinematographic, literary