For 36 years, the BINZ39 Foundation has been the initiator and sponsor of an extensive program of studio stays, exchange programs, exhibitions, interdisciplinary events and contact networks of artists and cultural practitioners in Zurich, Switzerland and abroad. This means not only that over the years hundreds of artists have been able to enjoy the initiatives and structures of this foundation, but also that the project and all those involved make a significant contribution to the production of culture both in Switzerland and in the numerous countries in which they are active. In November 1982, Henry F. Levy, founder and spiritus rector of the BINZ39 Foundation, signed the first rental contract for studios on Binzstrasse. The studios were intended for artists in Zurich and were awarded in the form of scholarships.
Over the course of 36 years, this has developed into a "company" that offers a total of 42 studios in Zurich at the locations Sihlquai 133, Binzstrasse 39 and Räffelstrasse 45, with different lengths of stay and focal points.
But the BINZ39 Foundation has never limited itself to offering studios: the exhibition space at Sihlquai 133 has long been one of Zurich's most important and active exhibition venues for the visualization and presentation of the city's current art work. In 2013 Henry F. Levy was awarded the Prize for Art Education by the City of Zurich.
In the same year, Henry Levy handed over the presidency of the Foundation to Lucia Coray. The studios at Binzstrasse 39 were converted into rent-controlled rotating studios. One of the basic principles of the foundation is to offer free space for the artistic process. The BINZ39 Foundation is primarily concerned with the artistic visual language, but also supports interdisciplinary work between the various art disciplines. Attempts to facilitate a debate between art and science are also a topic of the BINZ39 Foundation. In June 2016 Henry F. Levy was awarded the "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award2016".