The Julius Baer art collection comprises a comprehensive selection of contemporary Swiss art that numbers over 5000 pieces, spanning a wide array of media. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, graphics, and drawings are displayed in Julius Baer’s meeting rooms, staff restaurants, offices, foyers, and corridors around the globe. Established in 1981 by Hans J. Baer (1927-2011), the collection was inspired by his belief that art in the workplace offers a wonderful starting point for conversation. Today, the works continue to engage and intrigue both employees and visiting clients.
Since its inception, the focus of the Julius Baer Art Committee has been to find outstanding Swiss artists at an early stage. In addition to fostering young talent and collecting pieces at the beginning of the artist’s career, another central aim of the collection is to follow the artist’s activities closely and acquire additional artworks as their oeuvre develops to obtain a representative body of their work. This creates a dynamic blend of both up-and-coming and firmly established artists.
The collection features works by some of Switzerland’s most important contemporary artists including John Armleder, Silvia Bächli, Lutz & Guggisberg, Markus Raetz, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, and Roman Signer, to name but a few.
Detail from: Christine Streuli (*1975), Feuerrad, 2006, Lacquer on cotton, 240 x 190 cm, Julius Baer Art Collection