For UBS, art symbolizes the importance of creativity, innovation and inspiration. Throughout its 150-year history, UBS has a tradition of actively supporting cultural and artistic endeavors and talent development. Art awakens new ways of seeing the world, and UBS is committed to making the arts accessible to our clients, our employees and the broader community.
UBS Art Collection
The UBS Art Collection reflects the many paths UBS’s business has taken as it has grown to become one of the world’s largest financial institutions. This esteemed and globally diverse corporate art collection incorporates key works from around the world—mirroring the businesses that have become a part of UBS in that time.
The 35,000 objects from the UBS Art Collection include works by the newest emerging talents such as Hiroe Saeki, and some of the most important artists of the last 50 years, such as Anish Kapoor.
Over the last decade, the UBS Art Collection has been the subject of major exhibitions at contemporary art museums, including MoMA, Tate Modern, Mori Art Museum and the National Art Museum of China.
Significant works are also showcased in UBS’s offices, representing both the high quality and geographical diversity of our best works. These include works of art from renowned Southeast Asian artist Christine Aye Toe, leading Scandinavian abstract painter Per Kirkeby, and pop-art master, Roy Lichtenstein.
UBS also has longstanding commitments to the internationally renowned art fairs, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, and the UBS Art Competence Center, as well as regional partnerships with other art institutions.
Guggenheim UBS Map Global Art Initiative
The latest UBS artistic endeavour is the Guggenheim UBS Map Global Art Initiative. This is a five-year program between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and UBS to work with artists, curators and educators across the globe. This program will see curators from around the world exhibit contemporary art from their regions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, before exhibiting it at other major cities. The first phase of the project will address the art of South and Southeast Asia, selected by the Guggenheim UBS MAP-appointed regional curator June Yap, with exhibitions planned in 2013 in Hong Kong and Singapore.
“We look forward to a collaboration that will support creative talent in many dynamic regions around the world. This powerful and timely project will promote professional and cultural exchange, bring contemporary art to a wider audience and encourage the acquisition and exhibition of artworks that open important new perspectives locally and internationally,” said CEO of UBS Wealth Management, Jürg Zeltner.