The appalling use of the listed Romanesque church as a woodshed was finally rectified thanks to a private initiative and subsequent renovation work carried out between 1987 and 1989. Further renovation in 1999 enabled the monastery to be opened to  the public as a cultural venue. In 2001, John Schmid transferred the whole Schoenthal ensemble -- land, monastery, farm, and artworks -- to the foundation called “Sculpture at Schoenthal”.

The objective of the foundation is to maintain and manage both the monastery buildings and estate and the sculpture park as an accessible space with the potential to generate something new. Accordingly, the  foundation concentrates on respectfully caring for the art collection and the unique architectural heritage. It also provides a setting for contemplative retreat and tranquil conviviality.

Board Members:
Dr. André Baltensperger
Dr. Guido Magnaguagno
Markus Ritter
John Schmid (President)
Luca Selva