About the UBS Art Collection
Art reflects who we are – as a society, as individuals and as an institution. It can remind us of our collective heritage. Or point toward the future. The same goes for us – UBS. The UBS Art Collection reflects the many paths our business has taken as we have grown to become one of the world’s largest financial institutions. It incorporates key works from our former collections in both Europe and the US as well as new acquisitions – mirroring today’s global business.
With a rich collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures and video art by some of the world’s major artists from 1960 onward, we are recognized as having one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art. The collection’s mission is to build and maintain a seminal body of work that provokes thought while being inspirational. We are also committed to supporting and encouraging the artistic communities in places where we do business.
The UBS Art Collection is headed by Mary Rozell, who is based in New York. She is supported by a global team located in Zurich, London, New York and Hong Kong.
The UBS Art Gallery, New York
The recent renovation of the 1285 Avenue of the Americas lobby offers us a new opportunity to share works with the public. In addition to Sarah Morris’s site-specific monumental 'UBS Wall Painting' facing Avenue of the Americas, artworks have been permanently installed in the main reception area and in the North Gallery. These include a large-scale relief by American artist Frank Stella and a chromo-kinetic structure by Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. Both sculptures have been re-contextualized, reflecting the Collection’s unique heritage. While the Stella work originally hung in the PaineWebber offices on the 38th floor, the Cruz-Diez piece was created as part of an architectural intervention for the Union Bank of Switzerland in 1975. Similarly, Morris’s wall painting is derived from a 2001 commission for UBS in Zurich – the artist’s very first commission. The South Gallery hosts three to four exhibitions per year, allowing us to introduce rotating works from the Collection.
'Ed Ruscha VERY: Works from the UBS Art Collection'
September 23, 2019 – January 10, 2020.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm.
The story of the UBS Art Collection is an unusual one. Each of the firms that have become part of UBS brought their individual art collections. The core collections consist of those from our two Swiss predecessors – Union Bank of Switzerland (Schweizerische Bankgesellschaft) and Swiss Bank Corporation (Schweizerischer Bankverein) – and that of the American financial services firm PaineWebber.
Both its long and multifaceted history and the fact that the UBS Art Collection has endured for so many decades are testament to how deeply rooted art is within the company. Diversity is one of the distinguished hallmarks of the collection, which currently represents artists from over 70 countries. This number continues to grow along with the expansion of the international art market.
UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom
UBS Art Collection: To Art its Freedom – the first major publication on the UBS Art Collection in nearly a decade – was released in 2017. The volume, published by Hatje Cantz, features more than 200 color illustrations of works by acknowledged masters such as Cy Twombly, Alighiero Boetti, Mary Heilmann, Ed Ruscha and Christopher Wool, alongside a number of the collection’s recent acquisitions and works by emerging artists. It includes texts by Mary Rozell, Global Head of the UBS Art Collection, as well as noted scholar and curator Dieter Buchhart.
Exhibitions and Loans
The Collection has regular exhibitions at international institutions and actively supports artists and galleries by lending works to major art museums and cultural institutions and making them available to the broader public.