Out & About

The business of arts and entertainment is as crucial as its creative side. In Out & About, we’ll report behind the scenes to understand the trends in that market, from the festival circuit to auction houses to design studios. So now when you go out, you’ll know what it’s all about.
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Tanya König
How the gun law vote may put Swiss tourism at risk
What happens if Swiss voters don’t accept the gun law referendum on May 19? Martin Nydegger, CEO of Switzerland Tourism, tells us about the major implication it would have on the tourism sector since it would leave the country out of the visa agreement it has with the EU.
Tanya König
Are Swiss destination weddings the next tourism cash cow?
Did you know that actress Audrey Hepburn got married on a mountaintop in Burgenstock? Switzerland Tourism, the country’s tourism promotion agency, expects more and more foreign couples to get married here in the future. Board member Barbra Albrecht talks about the growing business of Swiss destination weddings.
Tanya König
Switzerland on track to becoming a hot wedding destination
Switzerland is aiming to become the next go-to wedding destination. We talked to wedding planning agency The Wildest Dreams, which organized the nuptials of Singapore-based designer Jessicacindy in Gstaad, to find out why their clients opted for Switzerland. We also asked Tomas Pedroni, marketing manager at luxury hotel Le Grand Bellevue Gstaad, why weddings are good for business.
Tanya König
How the world’s oldest art fair reinvented its business model
Art Cologne is taking place next week. The fair’s art director, Daniel Hug, tells us more about their business model and why he’s putting the spotlight on young galleries this year.
Tanya König
The Swiss auction house that competes with Christie’s
Switzerland makes up just 2 percent of the global art market, but Galerie Kornfeld tries to make the most of it as it competes with international auction houses. Bernhard U. Bischoff, a partner at Kornfeld, explains how he manages this as he prepares for his annual auction in June, which runs parallel to Art Basel.
Tanya König
How top auction house Christie’s navigates through uncertain times
Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s saw a drop in sales in the UK last year. Jutta Nixdorf, managing director of Christie’s Zurich, explains the recent downturn and why, despite the uncertainty, she is confident the art market will continue to grow.
Tanya König
The big burger business
Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio are switching to plant-based-meat – at least when it comes to their investments. The Beyond Meat burger is now available in Switzerland at Helvti Diner.
Tanya König
Grand Théâtre de Genève and the golden rules of arts funding
Switzerland’s largest opera house is no stranger to drama. But for Director Tobias Richter, the official opening of the Grand Théâtre de Genève following three years of renovation proved a little too nerve wracking. He tells Tanya König about the challenges of funding the project and how the theater overcame logistical obstacles as well as some very last-minute delays.
Tanya König
How a Polish billionaire is bringing new life to a small Engadin town
Grazyna Kulczyk made billions with real estate projects and other investments. Now she has opened a museum in Susch, which is the biggest art project in the Engadin Valley in recent years. She tells Tanya König why she chose this small town of just 200 inhabitants for her ambitious project.
Tanya König
Everything you didn’t know about art management
If you own highly-valued art, there’s a lot to consider. Birgit Gudat of Kendris explains how art management works, why documentation of artworks is essential, and the importance of implementing a succession plan early on.
Tanya König
Why African-American artists are becoming art market superstars
Six out of ten auction records last year were set by African-American artists. Their star is also rising in Switzerland: Major galleries are showing art by African-American artists this month. We look at why they are increasingly in the spotlight.
Tanya König
Why the Engadin Valley is attracting art dealers
The Engadin Valley is known as home and inspiration for artists such as Alberto Giacometti and Giovani Segantini. Now it’s attracting more and more galleries and museums. Reporter Tanya König went to the alpine region to find out why new art players such as Muzeum Susch are opening in the valley.
Tanya König
Exclusive: Does the art world really need another Hauser & Wirth gallery?
Hauser & Wirth just opened a new space in St. Moritz, it’s ninth location worldwide. Iwan Wirth, the co-owner of the mega-gallery, tells Tanya König that their ambition is to extend the season in Engadin and add to the cultural discussion in the Alpine region.
Tanya König
St. Moritz already profiting from new ski pricing model
What has become standard in the airline industry is now gaining popularity in Switzerland’s skiing regions: the dynamic pricing model. Thomas Rechberger, project manager at St. Moritz Engadin Mountains, tells us about the organization’s plans to sell more ski passes earlier in the season.
Tanya König
The world’s best coffee is brewed in Zurich
Did you know that the world’s best coffee brewer is based in Zurich? Here’s the story of Mame!

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