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.


Grand Théâtre de Genève and the golden rules of arts funding
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.

How a Polish billionaire is bringing new life to a small Engadin town
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.

Everything you didn’t know about art management
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.

Why African-American artists are becoming art market superstars
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.

Why the Engadin Valley is attracting art dealers
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.

Exclusive: Does the art world really need another Hauser & Wirth gallery?
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.

St. Moritz already profiting from new ski pricing model
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.