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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.