The Swiss auction house that competes with Christie’s  The Swiss auction house that competes with Christie’s  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.
Greta Ruffino
Meet the first Swiss Barbie “role model”
Mattel has dedicated a @Barbie in the likeness of Swiss mountaineer and helicopter pilot @Evelyne Binsack. As new @Disney “Frozen 2” dolls hit the shelves just in time for Christmas, will Barbie keep up with the competition?
Tanya König
How Pro Helvetia spends CHF 42 million a year to champion Swiss culture
Pro Helvetia is Switzerland’s Arts Council and last year it doled out CHF 42 million to artists and their projects. As an artist, says Philippe Bischof, director of Pro Helvetia, “it’s easier to survive in Switzerland than in many, many other countries.” He tells Tanya König about his organization’s selection process, its international reach, and why it is now funding gaming.
Tanya König
The art of selling at auction
Alberto Giacometti’s “Lampe coupe aux deux figures” was the highest-selling piece last week at the Swiss Art Sale at Christie’s in Zurich. Tanya König followed that artwork until it sold and found out what goes into selling art at auction.
Greta Ruffino
The flourishing business of Heidi
Well over a hundred years since she was created, Heidi is still an ambassador for Swiss tourism. Every year over 150,000 people visit the town of Maienfeld, where Johanna Spyri’s stories were set. And now the Swiss National Museum has unveiled the “Heidi in Japan” exhibition to celebrate the success of the Japanese animated cartoon that helped Heidi rise to global fame.
Tanya König
Grammy Award within reach for Regula Curti’s Beyond Music
Regula Curti connects musicians from around the world through her digital platform, Beyond Music. The project offers an alternative to streaming apps like Spotify and has caught the attention of the U.S. Recording Academy. And with the help of Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein, Beyond Music’s first collaborative album, “Same Sky,” has Grammy potential of its own.
Tanya König
Young Swiss designers make their debut on the Paris stage
The Swiss Fashion Association curated the first-ever Swiss Pavilion at the Who’s Next fashion fair in Paris last week, presenting eight young designers to an international audience. Karin Lorez, president of the association, and designer Claudia Nabholz tell Tanya König what’s next in the push to promote Swiss designers in Europe and beyond.
Tanya König
Geneva wants to dynamize its opera house
Aviel Cahn takes over as director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève in September. He tells Tanya König about his plans to put the opera house on the international map and how he will take it into the future by pushing collaboration with other Geneva-based institutions.
Ana Maria Montero
The Swiss festival that happens once every 20 years
5,500 costumed actors, 500 choir singers, 36 alpine horns, and 16 jazz musicians: This is the grandiose main performance at Fête des Vignerons, the Swiss wine festival that happens once every 20 years.
Tanya König
The blockchain venture that may bring transparency to the art market
Arteïa is a blockchain player in the art market backed by the Taittinger family, best known as Champagne producers. The company wants to bring greater transparency and liquidity to the art market and is working on a database to track the provenance of artworks. Co-founder Olivier Marian tells Tanya König why they chose Zug as a base and about their upcoming ICO later this summer.
Tanya König
Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and the protest against forgetting
He’s the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London and one of the most influential people in the art world. Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist tells Tanya König how he’s fighting against forgetting by continuing his research of female artists. He also stresses the importance of keeping art institutions—like the newly-opened Shed in New York City, where he’s an adviser—accessible to everyone. The interview was recorded at Hyperion Hotel Basel.
Tanya König
What’s selling at Art Basel
There’s been a new record sale at Art Basel with David Zwirner selling a Gerhard Richter painting for USD 20 million. Find out what else sold.
Tanya König
Is the art world really becoming more female-friendly?
Female artists have long been underrepresented at institutions, galleries, and history books. Tanya König visited Art Basel and spoke to dealers, collectors, artists, and curators to find out whether the focus is shifting when it comes to female representation.
Ana Maria Montero
“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” turns 50
In 1969, the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” took over the Schilthorn – Piz Gloria ski station, creating a so-called “Bond effect” that the region is still cashing in on today. Schilthorn threw a party to commemorate the film’s 50th anniversary—and we were there!
Tanya König
This is Switzerland’s “Shark Tank”
Tomorrow is the latest episode of the new TV show Höhle der Löwen Schweiz, the Swiss version of “Shark Tank.” We asked the investors, or so-called “lions,” what they’re looking for in entrepreneurs.

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