UBS Art Collection

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.

History

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.

Let’s Talk Abstract

Let’s Talk Abstract, edited by collector and director of the Scharpff Collection, Carolin Scharpff-Striebich, attempts to open up the impenetrable veneer of abstract painting and make it comprehensible for the viewer. To this purpose, editor Carolin Scharpff-Striebich conducts insightful discussions with sixteen leading figures in the international art establishment, each selected and commented on an abstract painting. One of these leading figures is Mary Rozell, Global Head UBS Art Collection, who analyses a work by Terry Winters from the UBS Art Collection, named Image Location, 1997.

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.