The Julius Baer Art Collection specialises in works by contemporary artists of Swiss nationality, or artists who live in Switzerland. The Art Committee, responsible for the acquisitions, thereby pursues the concept of promoting young talents. At the time of the first acquisition the artists are often at the beginning of their career. This collection strategy has resulted in an extremely interesting and representative body of work, covering all areas of the Swiss artistic endeavour spanning more than thirty years.

We have an eye for art

Julius Baer's approach to art acquisition promotes the preservation of visual art in Switzerland. Today, the collection encompasses over 5,000 works and contains pieces by many leading Swiss artists such as John Armleder, Silvia Bächli, Lutz & Guggisberg, Markus Raetz, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Roman Signer, to name but a few.

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Exhibitions

From time to time we lend certain works of art to museums for their exhibitions for a period of a few months, primarily in Switzerland.

In addition, the Julius Baer Art Collection was made accessible to the public by the following museum exhibitions:

Reality Is Not a Commonplace – Photographs and Videos from the Julius Baer Art Collection

Museo Cantonale d'Arte Lugano, 11. 5. 2013 – 18. 8. 2013

This exhibition was conceived out of the importance the two media photography and video are having in today’s understanding of art. Artworks from 40 artists, including Olaf Breuning, Stefan Burger, Balthasar Burkhard, Fischli/Weiss, Thomas Flechtner, Urs Lüthi, Shirana Shahbazi and Roman Signer, showed the complex and fascinating relationship between image and reality.

Naturellement Abstrait. L’art contemporain suisse dans la collection Julius Baer

Centre d'art contemporain Genève (CAC), 28. 9. 2005 – 6. 11. 2005

This exhibition showcased a selection of over 100 works from the Julius Baer Art Collection. Together, these works illustrated the wide spectrum between abstraction and figuration in contemporary art.

Julius Bär Art im Helmhaus zu Gast

Helmhaus Zürich, 24. 8. 2001 – 14. 10. 2001

With this exhibition, held at Helmhaus Zurich in 2001, Julius Baer took stock of the first twenty years of corporate collecting.

 

Header image details - a crop taken from the following artwork:

Arnold Helbling, *1961

I have all the sky, 2002
Acrylic on canvas
153 x 168 cm