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.
Switzerland on track to becoming a hot wedding destination
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.
How the world’s oldest art fair reinvented its business model
Art Cologne is taking place next week. The fair’s art director, Daniel Hug, tells us more about their business model and why he’s putting the spotlight on young galleries this year.
The Swiss auction house that competes with Christie’s
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.
How top auction house Christie’s navigates through uncertain times
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.
The big burger business
Bill Gates and Leonardo DiCaprio are switching to plant-based-meat – at least when it comes to their investments. The Beyond Meat burger is now available in Switzerland at Helvti Diner.
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.