The non-profit MTA Foundation encourages scholarship and research in the arts and organises international travel exhibitions from its own collection to museums and art institutions around the world, with the aim of promoting a deep admiration and understanding of culture and the history of the arts. MTA Foundation continually expands its art collection, creating an extensive and comprehensive body of work from which traveling exhibitions can be mounted.
The purposes and tasks of the Foundation are specified in its by-laws, according to which its purpose is fulfilled through art acquisitions, public access to its collections through short- and long-term loans to institutions and exhibitions, and cultural events that are open to the public. The Foundation maintains an active preservation program for its collections, and it has a robust publications department dedicated to scholarship. One of the Foundation’s main goals is to preserve its legacy, through educational activities aimed at raising awareness and appreciation of the visual arts.