“Great art is always based on the
honesty and simplicity of nature.”
Paul Ernst
The Ricola Foundation was founded by Ricola AG.
The foundation has the following purpose:

“The foundation promotes and develops research projects as well as projects that enhance our understanding of the natural and cultural foundations of human life. Nature and culture are interconnected components of people's quality of life and are treated as mutually dependent elements in all of the foundation's activities. The activities of the foundation have an international orientation.”

  • The Board of Trustees consists of three people: its two founding members – Felix Richterich and Lukas Richterich – and Mr Andreas Baur, Muttenz.
  • The foundation is based at Ricola AG in Laufen.
  • It does not process any applications, nor does it undertake any projects itself.
  • Its main activity is to support COLOSS, a scientific network which coordinates worldwide research into understanding honeybee colony losses.

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A film by Amos Gitai, 2016

With the participation of Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Hanna Schygulla, Juliette Binoche, Lukas Richterich, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Annie Lennox, Barbara Hendricks, Jeanne Moreau.

Ruth Waldburger, Michael Tapuach, Arutz 8, Laurent Truchot

Supported by Ricola Foundation

REFLECTIONS ON ARCHITECTURE is an artistic examination of the architecture of Herzog & de Meuron by director and screenwriter Amos Gitai. The film was shown in 2016 at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (on "Reporting from the Front"). It focuses on the Ricola Kräuterzentrum in Laufen, a loam building that the architects realized for Ricola together with loam building specialist Martin Rauch in 2014. Using the example of Ricola, Gitai addresses the relationship between architect and client, but is also interested in earth as a construction material in relation to the creation myth, and examines in discussion with Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron how film and architecture are connected as artistic disciplines