The Julius Baer Art Collection encompasses over 5,000 works spanning a wide array of media. Sculptures, paintings, videos, and photography are displayed at Julius Baer locations around the globe for employees and visitors alike to enjoy. While many people have heard of the collection, few know who comprises the Art Committee responsible for selecting new works for the Collection.
The Committee is made up of five Julius Baer staff members, in addition to curator Barbara Staubli and external expert Giovanni Carmine. And although they have varying professional backgrounds and motivations for joining, the members of the committee are linked by their common interest in the visual arts. With such a diverse group there are always several different perspectives to consider which results in a number of colourful debates on the best new pieces to add to the Collection.
Of the five Julius Baer staff members is Cinzia Sanvido, who has worked as a relationship manager at Julius Baer for the past 23 years. Unbeknownst to many, she is also the President of the Julius Baer Art Commission. After joining the Art Committee over seven years ago, Cinzia continues to play an active role in the acquisition of new works for the ever expanding Collection.
Seeing works along the walls of meeting rooms and corridors often evokes rather interesting conversation with clients and visitors.
Cinzia was born and raised in Lugano, Switzerland. Following the completion of her studies in her home town, she studied abroad in Germany, England, and the United States before beginning work as a relationship manager first in Frankfurt and then New York on an exchange contract. At the time Cinzia had little interest in contemporary art and it wasn’t until the death of Jean-Michel Basquiat that she began exploring the contemporary art scene. While in New York, Basquiat’s home, she was keen to discover why people fell in love with his unconventional works, and it was here that her passion for contemporary art began.
When asked what she looks for in potential new works for the Collection, Cinzia simply explains that she keeps an eye out for quality works that offer new perspectives. As one member of a seven-member committee with varying artistic tastes, she believes it is a good exercise to come up with compelling reasons to feature a certain work and encourage fellow members to approach new works with an open mind.
In addition to the opportunity to work closely with her colleagues, Cinzia explains that the Collection offers a unique starting point for conversations with clients. “As a relationship manager I deal largely with numbers and performance. Seeing works along the walls of meeting rooms and corridors often evokes rather interesting conversation with clients and visitors.” On a more personal level, Cinzia likens her exposure to artwork as a daily outlet, explaining, “Having my hobby so near to me is both inspiring and therapeutic.”
She plans to continue exploring the contemporary art scene in the hope of finding new and innovative styles to share with her colleagues and clients over the coming years.