In a rare interview, Robert Smith, president of Jet Aviation, explains why the company has invested around CHF 20 million in Basel to build a new hangar big enough to fit two Boeing 777s. Tanya König also takes you behind the scenes of a business that caters to the world’s rich and famous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harper Reed was Barack Obama’s Chief Technology Officer and he tells us how he hopes they made history and why he thinks people working in tech should take an ethics course, too.