The Huo Family Foundation Commits over $1M to Four New Grants in the Arts and Education

July 2024

Duccio di Buoninsegna (Italian, active by 1278–died 1318 Siena), Madonna and Child, ca. 1290–1300. Tempera and gold on wood, Overall, with engaged frame, 11 x 8 1/4 in. (27.9 x 21 cm); painted surface 9 3/8 x 6 ½ in. (23.8 x 16.5 cm). Purchase, Rogers Fund, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Annette de la Renta Gift, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Louis V. Bell, and Dodge Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, several members of The Chairman’s Council Gifts, Elaine L. Rosenberg and Stephenson Family Foundation Gifts, 2003 Benefit Fund, and other gifts and funds from various donors, 2004 (2004.442)

The Foundation is thrilled to continue its support of education programmes and exhibitions, with new grants to Teach For China, Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Teach For China’s relationship with the Huo Family Foundation continues with a new grant of $500,000. The funding will be used to support their “fellow” teachers deliver well-rounded education in rural communities in China.  

©Teach For China

Tate has been awarded a grant of £250,000 to support the exciting exhibition of a contemporary artist in 2026, with the name to be announced by Tate next summer.

The National Portrait Gallery will receive £150,000, supporting its upcoming exhibition Francis Bacon: Human Presence, which opens on 10 October 2024. This first exhibition devoted to Bacon’s portraiture since 2005 will address the themes of his artistic and personal relationships through his portraiture and how he challenged the genre. The show will include around 50 artworks, some of which have not been displayed publicly since the mid-20th century.

Head of Boy, 1960, Oil on canvas, 24 x 17½ in. (61 x 44.5cm) © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

The Foundation is delighted to support its first exhibition in a NYC institution as it gifts $100,000 to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Siena: The Rise of Painting, 1300–1350. The exhibition, opening on13 October, will gather works from Sienese artists for the first time outside the European continent. The show will highlight the role of the Italian Renaissance in defining Western painting through the work of important Sienese artists including Duccio, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini. The exhibition will be traveling to the National Gallery of London where it will be on display from March to June 2025.